Friday, September 28, 2012

Taking a Break

break-imageLast spring when I went to the homeschooling conference, I heard a lot about a modified schedule.  I heard different ideas where you school 6 weeks and take off 1 week.  Another idea was to do school 8 weeks and take off a 1 week.  These ideas make sure that there is built in time so you can  get caught up or just to rest.  It is more of a year round teaching schedule. This sounded like a great idea to me.  We started school in July and we have been going strong.  There was never a time when I thought we just needed a break. 

Then last week my mom planned a trip down to see us.  I thought it was a great idea to take a break.  I didn’t plan on taking the whole week off but it has been really nice to have a break.  We have been doing school for 10 weeks.  I think a break is a good thing. I think that when we get back to our normal school schedule next week that we will be renewed. 

How do you schedule breaks in your school year?  Do you follow the public schools?  Do you do a 6 weeks on and 1 week off schedule?  Or do you take breaks when you need it or something comes up? 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reflecting

We homeschooled our first “official” year last year.  I was so stressed and filled with worry.  Worry that I wasn’t doing something “right”.  Stressed about getting it all done.  I would constantly go to my husband who is my sounding board to vent my worry and tell him how I was doing it all wrong.  Being the veteran teacher that he was he would assure me that I was doing alright and “that every teacher” has faced those same fears, doubts, worries and stress. 

I have learned to trust the Lord.  I have also learned to believe in myself that I can do this.  I know that right now at this time this is where the Lord has us.  I know that this is the best decision for our family.  I can rest in this decision.

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I have learned that “my plan” for the day doesn’t always match what actually happens.  Some days start off rough and they keep going that direction.  I can make every one’s life completely miserable by forcing the kids form to my plan and get every last detail done that I had planned for that day.  By the way, this never ever works for us.  More often I find myself changing gears.  Putting that extra subject until tomorrow when we are all doing better.  I find that we all do better this way.  I also find that by the end of the week we get everything done that was planned for the week even if it didn’t follow my written plan to the letter.  I guess I am saying that I am learning not to sweat it and stress it and rather I am learning to be flexible. 

I see now that the Lord has changed my heart in helping me know that I can plan and “know what is up the road” but detours are okay.  I can rest even though the day doesn’t go according to plan.  I am very thankful for this in my life. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

My Tender Hearted Little girl

I have the honor and privilege to be the parent of a pretty amazing, kind hearted girl.  She loves deeply. Sometimes her love for others catches me off guard when I least expect it.  Last week we had one of those days. 
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We were reading in the her social studies book about some of the freedoms we have as Americans.  Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom of the Press.  We discussed that the freedoms that we have her in the United States is a special thing that not all countries have these same Freedoms.  The next thing I knew is that my girl had huge tears in her eyes.  We got on the topic of voting for the who we believe can serve as the best President.  This was a very simple discussion.  We talked how voting in general helps us keep our freedoms.  She caught the fever and wanted to go out and vote right then.  I had to break it to her that she was not yet old enough to vote.  She still had those tears in her eyes.  I had to explain that as her parents we vote for her best interest. 

My girl was truly upset that not all people had the same freedoms as she does.  She was hurting for them.  She also wanted to make sure she continued to have her freedoms.  She was genuine in her desire to vote and to help those that did not have those same freedoms as she does.  I need to be like my girl.  My heart needs to break like her does when I hear of people hurting not only in other countries but my own.  I need to be so thankful for my vote that I see it as important as this little girl did.  I need to follow her example.  Especially in day, that I can’t get through a day without one side or the other claiming something negative about each other.