School in our area started last Monday. So, when drafting our school calendar, I planned to start last Monday, too. Why? Because everyone else was doing it!
We did all the first day things.
We took pictures.
We celebrated the German tradition of Schultütes.
We even did some actual schoolwork.
And then it all fell apart. Or more specifically, I fell apart.
I arrived home late Sunday night from drill (I was tired and disorganized Monday morning.)
I was behind on my reading for my master’s program (I was stressed and distracted.)
Hubby started a week of late evenings (I had little support.)
My sitter was ill (I couldn’t call in reinforcements.)
I had a full-blown curriculum-crisis over our phonics materials (I questioned my choices.)
So, instead of having a joyous and restful journey last week, I was furiously researching new materials, binge-reading to gain ground for my class, and using the heck out of our Apple TV (to my kids’ delight and my chagrin).
I learned some hard lessons about myself while also discovering a beautiful grace about homeschooling.
- If momma isn’t prepared…school a’int happenin’
I spend so much time choosing the perfect fit for my kids, yet the execution largely rests on me. My preparedness is at least as important as the material I plan to teach. I don’t say this to place more stress on moms (or dads). Just realize that when planning with kids (whether it’s homeschool or any activity), be honest with yourself and plan for your well-being, as well.
- Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean we have to
Anyone could’ve seen the train-wreck coming by glancing at my calendar. Just because our whole Parish started didn’t mean we had to! I love that homeschooling can be personal and tailored (and…dare I say…counter-cultural). It’s okay to create a timeline that works best for your family.
- Life (and homeschool) allows do-overs!
Grace upon grace! It took some deep-breaths, but I realized that I could start over on Monday. Yes, I would have to tweak my lesson plans. My kids certainly watched more TV than I was comfortable with. But we started again on firmer footing (and with a more peaceful momma). I’ll take that grace any day!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.