Returning to a Love of Learning

I have one BIG homeschool goal this year: to rekindle a love of learning in my youngest.


Kathryn has always thought it awesome that I’m both mama and teacher. We’ve had such fun together as we’ve homeschooled! I can remember doing a silly song and dance about the continents with her in her kindergarten year, mimicking animals as we sang (penguin for Antarctica, elephant for Africa, etc). We’d get the giggles like crazy, but she learned the continents and hasn’t forgotten them.

In first and second grade, we read such wonderful books together as we snuggled on the sofa. Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, and Robert Louis Stevenson became our oft-quoted friends. We explored nature together, did crafty things together, enjoyed each other and enjoyed what we were learning.

She loved learning.

In the summer before Kathryn’s third grade year, things changed. Our soon-to-be-adopted teen daughter joined our family, and I was desperately trying to figure out how to homeschool this new daughter I didn’t yet know: her strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, her learning style, her interests. Homeschooling was an entirely foreign concept to Lindsey. So I experimented, trying to adapt to something more “school-like” that might work for her.

In the process, I changed what I was doing with Kathryn, too.

It didn’t work because I’m not that kind of teacher. As a result of my trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, the issue of school became a source of great tension between us all.

Meanwhile, Kathryn lost her love of learning. Complaints about “having to do school” began, meltdowns were common, and tempers flared. We trudged along through her third and fourth grade years.

As I prayed about the decision to send Lindsey to public school, I finally had clarity about Kathryn. I’d been blind to it because she was still learning, but her excitement was gone — and that does not fit at all with my homeschool mission statement.

First and foremost, I want my kids to love Christ; secondly, I want them to love learning so that they can do so their whole lives long. I care little about how far we get in high school math, or if we ever touch a physics book. If she loves learning, she can learn those things later in life if they are important to her.

This year, it’s going to be different. We’re returning to the love of learning, and I’ll be sharing it all along the way.

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rachel @ finding joy

Love this post, Jamie. I really love how the first goal is about the Lord — and everything else, including the love of learning follows. I am so looking forward to reading about this journey for you this year.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

I hope that you find your balance this year with K. I think you are wise to realize the core needs of your family. Wishing you the best year ever!


Yep, it’ll be different because you’re approaching it differently. Good for you, Jamie! You’re a great mum…and a great teacher.

Carol Flett

You are inspiring me to do the same with my Grandchildren. My #1 goal for homeschooling has always been the same as yours. Now I want the second goal to be the same too: to instill in them a love for learning.
Thanks for the inspiration you are constantly giving.

Tricia @Hodgepodge

I always say how much I appreciate your honesty and transparency. You encourage just by being you. Parenting is a constant balance of the needs. I feel like I am always reevaluating! And, this school year, more than the past am really feeling the push and pull of older ones transitioning into high school and younger ones – hands on, basic skills, etc. I’ve had to visually hand it all over to the Lord. He’s just going to have to take care of it. He’ll indeed show the way. Day by day. I have a blog award for you over… Read more »


May this year be one of the best ever, full of delight and a love for learning!


Jamie, I went through something similar last year when I began to have doubts –what? doubts from a home schooling mama? — and made some changes that proved to be ill thought-out and wrong, wrong, wrong. In January, we got back on track, and things are better now. A *lifelong* love of learning is also my goal, and plan to do everything I can to foster that goal.

CM in the City

Hooray for you! We had a situation where my daughter lost her interest in math. I knew it was up to me to pull her back in and not let that attitude linger. I knew I had let the situation happen and I knew it was up to me to change it. And we did change it! My daughter and I will never be math whizzes, but the joy and cooperation is back. It’s fun! I wish you success as well. Go for it!


I think instilling a love of learning is the HARDEST part of education, whether home school, public, or private.

Glad you guys are approaching things in a better way for all of you now!


Those are my main goals as well. We had a very rough year due to various health issues. My 15 yr old even commented that it was our worst year ever. (Talk about piercing.) I took the Heart of Wisdom plunge, but am still trying to wrap my mind around it. I love how other subjects flow out of the Word of God and she gives many choices for the kids, but I’m a former unit study flunkie so I am a little nervous:) May God give you a joyful and successful year with Kathryn and Lindsy, even though you… Read more »

Sally {with eager hands}

Fantastic, Jamie, I applaud you! God is SO good!

Mrs. Random

That’s what we did last year, returned to the main reason we chose homeschooling and poured effort into, not completing workbooks or assignments, but instead into enjoying learning and schooling together again. It was our best year of school ever! I think you and your youngest have a wonderful year ahead of you!


I love that you are wanting to get the love for learning back. We are working on that in our home as well. It truly makes a difference.
I hope this year goes as you wish.

I enjoyed this post and will be back to visit your blog again.

Happy Homeschooling!


Encouraging post; instilling the love of learning in my children and the love of God, that is all I can dream and pray to accomplish. :O)


Beautiful post Jamie! This is very inspiring and encouraging to us. Don’t worry Jamie things will be better soon. Best of luck and God Bless your family! 🙂