It’s time to begin!! We’ve had our textbooks for a few weeks; I’ve been studying my lesson plans; and the kids have watched the orientation DVDs for each class. They know their new teacher’s names and have gotten a glimpse of what they are in for.
And so, on Monday morning, August 20, we will begin our day with Bible time … and then Andrew and Anna will move on into their separate math, science, history, and grammar lessons. We’ll have some breaks in between for “PE” (which will be when I send them outside to give me a few moments of sanity!) and lunch and maybe we can continue our German lessons that we started this summer or work on the kids’ typing (another one of my not-completed goals this summer). Or not. I’ll be anxious to see how that works out and how our schedule will fall into place.
After another discombobulated summer, I am ready for some routine in our lives! I am ready to be home-bound for a few days and get back on a schedule, realizing – of course – that my typed out and pinned up schedule on the homeschool bulletin board won’t always be followed perfectly. I am curious how my kids will respond to homeschooling and how Miriam will occupy her time while the big kids have their lesson time.
My only fear is myself … I am someone who needs a lot of quiet and order to be able to function. I also often build up high expectations and then let myself down very quickly. I am a guilt monger and thrive on taking the blame and holding on to false guilt. I don’t want any of those things to get in the way of my family being happily home together every day. I know not every day of home schooling will go seamlessly – and as my one homeschool-mom-friend told me, there were those days when she’d find herself googling “straight jackets for sale” (not really!!) … And I don’t want to stress my kids out because I am stressed out.
And so, I am trying to establish realistic expectations for myself. I am sure there will be days when I feel the guilt because I hear my homeschool-mom-friend has taken her children on a nature walk at dawn, labeling various types of lichen along the way, and then built a wildlife refuge for endangered black-belly-squallers all before her wholesome 7-grain breakfast is prepared over a fire she started from a rock and a stick – and I am dragging out of bed, throwing poptarts at everyone at 9:30 a.m., having overslept my alarm clock. again.
As much as I do want to stay on schedule, I do know myself enough to realize that we’ll have to be flexible, and we’ll have to just keep on keeping on even when it is hard … I know some days I may be tempted to re-enroll my kids in school – and some days they may be begging to go back! But I also know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are doing the right thing. I have somewhat of a home school manifesto in my head of the 10,000 reasons we decided to homeschool – and I need to keep those goals and benefits and hopes ever before me. In fact, I plan to write them down (there’s really more like 10 reasons) and post them on my homeschool bulletin board as a reminder – and I will share them here as well.
And so, the HutchHaus HomeSchool will soon be in session! Let the adventure begin!!