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.”