Finishing one year, planning the next

If I’m to be completely honest, I hate the end of the school year. By May, I feel like I’m pretty much dragging my children kicking and screaming to the table each day. No one has any interest being inside; spring fever is the worst when you live on a farm teeming with life and its been a cold, wet winter spent mostly inside! So here I am not only trying to drag everyone to the finish line, but I’m simultaneously starting to look ahead at the year to come. Ugh. I want to do either/or not both! I get excited looking at what’s to come, but I get concerned about putting too much on our plates. I know I’m not alone in this. This fall will be my first time homeschooling 3 out of my 4 kiddos, and I’m nervous. My only saving grace is that 2 out of the 3 are close enough in age that I can combine some of their studies together (like science and history). My older is becoming a bit more independent in her schooling so I should be able to get her set up to work on something while I work with the younger two.
Each year as I plan, I look to see what can be re-used and what will have to be re-purchased. As I was starting this journey 5 years ago now, I was looking forward to reusing some of my curriculum to save on some money, but I’ve done so much tweaking the last few years, I’m not so sure I want to now! (shhh…don’t tell my husband) I guess school at home is a learning process for the teacher as well as the students.  Each of my kids are such unique little beings, each needing different things from their learning experience.  I’m blessed to be able to teach these guys at home and help them learn in the best way for them.  Prayers for our upcoming year would be appreciated, as well as prayers for the end of this one!

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