This week, I have a sort of “nesting” going on. I have a decent feel for what I want to do with the kids for curriculum and main schedule.
In many years, I have kind of “played it by ear” from there. I would know the gist of what we needed to complete that year for my kids to be well educated. But, I also like relaxing on the couch and reading good books, letting the learning come through slow and steady. Through experience.
I don’t like to be bogged down and frustrated by my own high expectations and by schedules and restrictions…so I just called myself laid back and tried to “go with the flow”.
Problem is, I’m not really that laid back. And, as the children get older and my energy wanes here and there –ha! yes, it does– and with five children and two of them being homeschooled, learning over fifteen different subjects, I need some order.
AS IN, I prayed and calmed myself…and it is what it is. I decided I NEED a schedule for survival this year!
I needed a clean bookshelf with a shelf JUST for the current semester’s books.
I needed a shelf for that day!
I needed a clean school closet.
I needed empty workboxes ready to be filled with the right curriculum.
I needed visual confirmation that this was coming together.
I really needed a hard copy schedule in MY hand. I figured I could handle figuring out 9 to 3:30. I still have some openings and may need to increase the time for some subjects, but for now, this helps. A simple MSWord table document broken down by 30 minute blocks.
I decided I even needed to split up the kids classes into even and odd days to focus well on specific studies.
I needed to build in a “run errands” day.
I needed to end school at 3:30 so that emergencies would fit in…and my husband wouldn’t always come home to a room strewn with books and no dinner.
So, while I am doing a strange, laid back mix of curriculum that even includes Illuminations, I now have a tentative schedule.
I have cleared away non-essential schoolbooks. No matter how wonderful I think they are, if I’m not teaching it, it is out of my way.
I think one thing that stopped me from doing our schedule earlier was that I worried “Our” schedule wouldn’t look good enough to others. I was worried every other homeschool mom “had it all together” and our schedule would look silly.
That is NOT what I needed to believe. I have had tons of support from other homschoolers and I know that each of us choose the way for our families and we need to respect ourselves as well as each other.
My schedule works –ha, I think– for me. And that makes all the difference.
I feel GREAT. Ready to tackle actually teaching these things!
Oh, and I also picked these up for the hard days: