This late fall I had a slight panic of "what the heck am I doing/ homeschool feels so overwhelming with three children with three different needs and at three different academic levels." A very familiar thought process and familiar emotions when a homeschool mama has hit a wall.
Anyway, through prayer and great talks with my husband I came out of it all with a plan. I'm a penny pincher by nature and tend to only buy what I absolutely NEED. That's a great thing but sometimes it makes life unneccesarily more difficult and I just have to break down and do the simple and obvious thing: spend the money and buy the tool you need. It will make life easier.
So I got the curriculum materials we need for this year and these grades and came up with a plan (about 3-4 months into school but better late than never!) and it's been AWESOME ever since. Having a plan that is fluid but structured is so much easier for me and at this stage in the game: crucial!
|My toilet trick. That week's history lesson goes onto the wall across the kids' toilet all week for them to read over and over again. And they do! They come to me with more questions and discussion because of it.|
A friend told us about Mystery Science this year and we've all loved it! Check out that afternoon school snack. Doritos and sparkling flavored water. Eight years ago Jessica would have freaked out a bit at this but eight years later Jessica has chilled a lot and doing her best. And hey, they're organic!
|on my solo ride the other evening|
Winter, and particularly January/February can be mentally tough. Day after day of grey skies and cold, cold, cold. BUT! We have determined to find beauty in it. Many days we make ourselves bundle up and go outside and it helps so much. We've rented winter weather library books to understand the purpose of winter and to appreciate each season. And Yahweh has been kind to sprinkle sunny days in there for us:) I've learned over the years there is no point in rushing a season; not being present in what you have now. It stings when I go into a store in early August and see fall pumpkins everywhere, or swimsuits for sale while I still wear my winter coat. I know retailers have to stay ahead of the curve, obviously, but I personally don't want to rush into the next season. God willing, it will come. I want to embrace winter for what it is, let it do it's perfect work, and it makes Spring even that much sweeter!