Better late than never with homeschooling!
While the rest of the world has already begun schooling, we are preparing to begin on Wednesday. For a number of reasons:
- my youngest daughter was preparing to leave for 3 months of missions work
- we were all working to get my youngest (photographer) daughter’s 2016 calendar project finished to sell for the holidays
- I’ve been struggling with some pretty severe exhaustion
- I needed some time to pray my way clear to our focus for the year (and the other reasons above kept me from that opportunity)
One of the things I love about homeschooling is how flexible we can be. We still cover all our curriculum (and often more) but we are able to adjust our schedule to the needs of our home and family. Sometimes pregnancy has caused scheduling adjustments, sometimes caring to elderly parents’ needs. It is important for us to remember what we are juggling in our lives and always re-evaluate what the need is and how to press on to accomplish the needs.
Wednesday we begin our 27th year of homeschooling!
I’ll have a junior and a freshman this year. So strange to only be schooling 2 children and both of them pretty independent at that. My job is to help them learn to be truly independent and responsible in school and life, as well as assuring that they fulfill their academic requirements.
I don’t know about you, but every single year I worry that I’m failing my children. We’ve graduated 5 already and each of them were able to easily get into college (although few chose to continue toward degrees). But my job is not to determine what they do with their lives. My job is to equip them to do whatever they chose to do with their lives. As I enter another year, there is still trepidation. I hope, however, that our past record will prove itself again and that these boys will be equipped to pursue their dreams, wherever that may lead them.
For me, it’s important to remember to continually seek encouragement for those times I feel like I am failing!
Now it’s back to, and beyond, the 3Rs!