Friday, April 5, 2013
homeschooling: taking the plunge, again.
I bought a few books last week. Homeschooling books - for the 2013-14 school year. I guess we're in!
The fact is, although we take it a year at a time, we still feel called to this homeschooling thing. I feel that it's where God has us right now, so that's what we're doing. All the same, when I start making curriculum purchases...that's when I sort of pause and say "Alright...another year."
And it's good. I feel that although this past school year (not that we're finished with it yet) has been challenging, the slight changes we made at the beginning have worked well. This year has been busy but filled with togetherness (usually good togetherness!) and a lot of reading. We've learned about the Civil War and the Middle Ages. We're exploring the solar system, fractions and decimals. And we have mixed in a lot of play dates for the younger crowd as well; I'm learning that assigning my older kids a whole morning's worth of individual work can be excellent for everyone's morale.
I never thought I would be in this place: a homeschooling mother of five. Never, ever ever. The Lord certainly does have some surprises up His sleeve. And you know what? I think it's a testament to what He can do through a very, very weak- but willing - vessel.
I've seen progress this past year, and while we all have a lot of room to grow, I am greatly encouraged.
That being said, we're working our tails off to try to finish everything within the next few months. I am not sure yet, but I think we might actually take an extended summer break this year - a first! My kids aren't the only ones who like the sound of that...