Here's the real thing about homeschooling: it's a process. A learning process.
For me and for the kids.
On Sunday I proudly posted this photo to social media:
I couldn't WAIT for school to start so we could start learning EVERYTHING there ever was to learn!!!
Here's the thing about homeschooling: you can't do EVERYTHING. Actually.
I had my whole week planned out. All the things we would learn. All the things we would do!
And then school actually started.
Day one: Everything went exactly according to plan! Well, except for we didn't get history done. Or extra reading. Or journaling.
Day two: We are right on track! Only, no Spanish. Or extra reading. Or journaling...
Day three: Ok, this is just silly. Day three... well, there isn't really a day three. Mm'k?
The thing about homeschooling is you need to be flexible. You need to be able to adjust. You need to be able to say, "We're actually doing enough reading in everything else. We don't have to do extra reading." And, "Maybe we'll get journaling later once we're in our groove. And that's OK."
This is what my vision for our first week was:
Several people commented on my cool planning page and asked where I got it or how I made it. I did make it. I used Apple Pages. It was super simple. This is what it looks like:
A few things about the changes that you might notice:
-Math is now everyday. We got to Tuesday and Millie begged to do more math. I might be raising little math nerds. Like me.
-Science is now everyday also. Sam is obsessed with space/rockets/etc right now so I figure I might as well do something he might listen to, even if I don't do "school" with him.
-FIAR is gone. I made the sad, sad decision to give up Five in a Row. I expected us to love it, I loved the concept, we all love books and reading... but somehow we just don't love it. Millie wants more (She begs for Express Readers and Math the most), and Sam isn't into it. He loses interest in the book after 2 or 3 times. As sad as I am about it - it's just not for us. It was a great thing this last year, and I'm glad we explored it. I am happy that another missionary mama in Bolivia was interested in it for her son, so I am passing the blessing along and giving it all to them.
Here's the thing about homeschooling: it is one of the most amazing things I've ever done with my kids. I learn SO MUCH. About the subjects, about my kids, about myself. Homeschooling is awesome and hard and fun and frustrating and totally worth every moment.
I heart homeschooling!