We began school this year officially on the 8th of September. We’ve been using these first three weeks to get comfortable with our routine. The kids extracurricular activities have also begun in the past two weeks and our weekends are now pleasantly full. We began the year with a recap on the ‘why’ of learning and discussing our aims and goals for the year, as well as the ‘how’ we are to achieve this. We discussed the major terms of each subject, for example what history is and why it’s important for us to learn it. I think it’s vital to constantly remind the kids as well as myself what the point of anything we do is and find some way of motivating ourselves to achieve our common family goals.
I’m especially happy about the many activities my children have begun as they now have a greater incentive to achieve well in school, in order to impress their peers. I highly recommend children to be part of a movement such as scouting as it is excellent for character building, social interaction of all ages and encourages positive self discipline. (And I am speaking from experience)
The kids have also enjoyed their first ever ice skating experience. It was an amazing sight to behold! They each had their fair shares of grand falls, yet they were ever so resilient and picked themselves up and kept going. It was a great show of perseverance and I was mighty proud of them. Even upon waking up the next morning with shaky legs (reminding me of Bambi’s first steps) they begged to go back! These types of character traits can only be learnt through experience and not at a desk. So I want to encourage this and will need to look into attempting to fit in some lessons in the near future.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
These past few months have been crazy hectic for us, so I have taken a break from blogging. We began homeschooling again at the beginning of this month and have been establishing our new routine. As the kids get older the workload and the extracurricular activities have increased considerably. The kids many extracurricular activities have also begun this month, which I feel is a great opportunity (and possibly a necessity) for the kids to let out steam. So our calendar is turning out to be pretty full this year.
The past three weeks, we have been experimenting and getting a feel for this new homeschooling year. It started with the kids full of optimism, enthusiasm and eager to learn. However, as we are continuing with Calvert homeschooling again this year, it seems that the teaching manuals and daily plans for the kids does not give much time to practice and get used to a specific topic or principle before it is already introducing the next one. It has slowly had a negative effect on the kids lowering their enjoyment of learning and making school feel more like a chore. So this week I have been rearranging the daily planner/manual. I have been busy attempting to synchronize the lessons so that we as a group are all learning the same topic but at different levels. This can allow us to go on great field trips relevant for everyone.
I have seen a few other homeschooling mothers worried about overbooking their family calendars. I am really hoping that is not the case for us and we can happily get through this very busy year. This calendar of ours is full of potential and opportunities but nothing is written in stone and we always make time for family and friends and any unforeseen circumstances. We can only take things one day at a time with much required patience, a positive attitude and always wearing a smile.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”