Summer Term, week 1
Yes, we started school this week. I know we aren’t the only ones, but we are still the rare ones. However, we’ve been off school since early May, we will take all December off, and we take a week off after every six weeks of work. So it’s worth it to begin in early July.
I’ve shared all about our plans and still have a few more posts based on questions you’ve asked, but it was exciting this week to actually start putting those plans into action and seeing if they were going to roll or if the wheels would come off utterly.
I think we’re on a roll.
I think this has been the smoothest first week of school we’ve had yet! It’s just possible that I’ve actually been learning the lessons over these years as I’ve written my way through them. Practice does help. It helps not only my own expectations and ability to anticipate and plan for the sticking points, but it also helps the kids. This year the expectations of my older two and my own expectations were much more in line than in previous years. Previously, I didn’t think to prep them or talk them through some things beforehand. This year, I casually brought up my plans and changes and what our flow might look like here and there for two or three weeks beforehand, and I think that really helped smooth the way.
One of the primary stressors in a homeschooling day is always juggling multiple people’s needs, requests, and busyness. I don’t want busy work. I don’t want interruptions. I don’t want lolly-gagging and thumb-twiddling. I don’t want a crowd of people hovering ‘round. I don’t want the piano playing while I’m trying to read or listen. I don’t want kids to play before their work is done. Um, actually, I don’t want to listen to a/ay/aw ever again.
I also can’t have everything I want, just like I tell the children.
Truth is, although I can manage work and lists and kids and dynamics to make things better or worse, I can’t arrange things so everything always flows tranquilly and efficiently. There’s always going to be a bit of chaos, a bit of noise, a bit of busy hubbub, and more than a bit of multiple people needing me at once.
I can, and sometimes unfortunately do, get ugly about it, but when I do, the fault and responsibility is mine, not the plan’s or the kids’.
The current quote on my weekly list reminds me what my response ought to be:
[Gratitude] is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resilience into the daily struggle of life. –Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Gratitude is the response I have to choose, not one I wait to come to me.
New to us this year is incorporating ICAD into our Morning Time. The kids love it, especially during this first week of fresh crayons and colored pencils. It gives us a moment to get settled before diving into the memory work binder and it helps people (including myself) to not get antsy while listening to certain somebodies sound out words when reading turns are alternating around the table.
~ other things I’ve done lately ~
- You need time to reset your perspective
- Organization: Mystie Winckler on brain dumps, organizing your attitude and your life – I was on the Beyond the To-Do List podcast! Check it out; we had a great conversation.
- Maintaining Organization in the Midst of the Muddle at the Well-Trained Mind Online Academy – I don’t know how long these will be up, but you can check out my free 90-minute session on handling life while homeschooling.
~ other things I read this week ~
- Piety: Where Education Is Grounded by Brandy at Afterthoughts
- Finding Freedom in the Law by Allison at Truth * Beauty * Goodness
- Let your kids do meaningful work by Anne Bogel for Simple Homeschool
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