Saturday, May 12, 2012
Wow! It's May already! This homeschool year has gone by so very quickly. It's hard for me to believe that I will have two 10th graders and a 5th grader when our new school year begins this summer! It just doesn't seem possible.
This has been one of the least organized, wackiest school years we've had so far. The truth is, though, that we've gotten a lot done. It has always been very hard for me to be flexible and just "go with it" when there are interruptions to my schedule. I think that's one of the reasons that, for my first few years of homeschooling, I really didn't make a schedule at all. I kind of felt like it was better not to have a schedule than to have one and never stick to it! I guess in some strange way that kind of relieved me of the pressure of feeling like I "had" to get certain things done each day or each week. I suppose that may be a kind of crazy way to look at it, but that's ok. It worked for me at the time. :)
Now, though, since I've been homeschooling for about 15 years, my attitude about homeschooling has changed. Looking back, I can see how I could have made those first few years so much more enjoyable than I did. I was so stressed and worried about everything. I thought everything had to be done perfectly. I got very upset (not outwardly, but inwardly) if something came up and caused us to have to skip school for a day. I really feel like I caused my children and myself a lot of needless worry.
I don't want you to think that I have it all together now--even after 15 years of homeschooling--because I don't! What has gotten better, though, is my attitude toward not only homeschooling, but also toward those days when we experience interruptions. Now, I simply try to remember that my kids are learning to live "real life." They are learning that sometimes things don't go as planned, but we still have to deal with it and get things done. They are learning to help when someone is sick or needs help moving or needs us to babysit. They are learning that, while school is important, people are even more important.
I do want my children to be well-educated. But I also want them to love God and to love and serve others. Yes, we get our school work done most days. But we always try to be flexible enough to lend a hand when someone else needs us. It does make for a somewhat crazy schedule at times, but that's real life.
Am I saying that I'm against having a schedule? Not at all! I know homeschooling moms who have a very strict schedule and stick to that schedule as closely as possible. I know others who, more like myself, try to have a general idea of what needs to be done but who don't really keep a schedule. Whatever works for you is fine. It is important, though, for people in both situations to be willing to put aside the schedule when folks need us.
How about you? Do you have a schedule that stick to very closely? How do you handle interruptions? Has your attitude toward getting school done and/or your attitude toward interruptions changed over time? I'd love to hear from you!