|Actually snapped a shot of a butterfly before it fluttered away!|
I have really learned a lot about myself and homeschooling over the past 4 or 5 years. More than anything, I'm learning to relax. It is one of the first things I tell a new homeschooling mom. RELAX. And yes, sometimes I still need someone to say it to me. But overall, I can see myself letting go of my over-controlling ways. You know, those ways where if it isn't done according to The Plan, then it must be wrong.
I planned out my entire school year this year for the first time. I'm not really following it. I am so glad that I did the plan though! I know what is in the books and I have a general idea of the flow for the year. I would like to be back on track, but I'm not. Not this week. But I am getting closer.
In prior years, I may have just thrown up my hands and said, "That's it!" and given up. For a time, anyway. I would've calmed down and gathered myself and started again. This year, when I am off track, I still make sure we do something--field trip, reading, just...something. We don't get to just blow it off entirely. And so even though it might be a baby step, it is in the right direction. I'm learning to let go of what I think school looks like (clean, attentive kids at the table (or desks) listening to mom discuss fractions while they all smile). I am moving into being comfortable with how school really works and looks. It looks like life. And it's good.
We covered some math, science and social studies. We went on a cool field trip to a military history museum. We went on a hike and looked at our gorgeous world. We practiced some Spanish vocabulary. We read and read and read. We did laundry. We cooked. And we enjoyed being together. So I am going to call it a good week.
|Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall.|
|Goofy's been treed.|