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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A normal day vs a productive day.....

My homeschooling skills are seriously lacking.  While I love to school at home, after 5 years of doing it, I  still haven't quite found the groove of our day.  I'm not one of those kinds of moms that has every minute planned in the day, I tried it and got too maxed out.  I'm not one of those kinds of moms that gets up at 6 in the morning to get my day going, I tried it and got too pooped out.  And I'm not one of those kinds of moms that has it all planned out and everything runs through the scope of the lesson book, I tried it and got stressed out!  SO where do I fall? How do I keep it all together?  How do I keep moving forward?  Which direction should I take?  And, honestly, is the constant change good for my kids?

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I've taken the last two weeks as a breather.  We put up the math books, the spelling books, the language arts and phonics.  All we've done the last two weeks are lapbooks, reading, writing, bible study, anatomy, and documentaries to go with where we are in Story of the World.  It's been quite refreshing to get away from the school table......but I feel her calling me back, almost like a friend I've neglected for some time who only wants to spend some good quality time with me and the children.  I feel like she misses us, and wants to host us once again with the best she has to offer.  I hear her saying, "Come!  I have so much to share with you!" SO today, we are making our way back.

This, I believe, is one of the beauties of homeschooling.  The freedom to teach not what is mandated, but what is life.  I like that I can teach my children to change strategies when something becomes mundane or cloudy under the scrutiny of constant observation from a sole perspective. Mix it up, if you will.  Teaching encompasses so much.  Don't you agree? 

I'm going to keep thinking about those questions from above.  Please, feel free to share your insight!

1 comment:

Heather said...

Great post, Marla - and something that gets lost far too often in our co-op happy, cover-school addicted homeschooling state. (Oops, soapbox!)

And I teach at co-ops, so I should know!

But - there is always something you give up by following someone else's schedule; mostly, it's freedom.

Enjoy these days, when walking off the path is easy and enjoyable. It does get harder in high school!