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I almost had a heart attack yesterday when I realized it was May 1st already!
Where has this year gone? Just a quick glance at my last post shows you that I have lost track of time. Not sure about you, but this is typical for my school year.
Spring Beckons my children and me to come outside and play.
There are weeds to pull, birds to watch, hills to conquer, gardens to plan and plant, adventures to be embarked upon. Who wants to do “school”?
I love Spring.
- It reminds me of the teacher I really want to be.
- It frees my sons to be the learners they are born to be.
- It releases me from any of the “curriculum webs” I have woven around myself that cause me to chain my energetic and enthusiastic learners to my kitchen table.
Even though I have a clear vision for the education of our 5 boys, I find myself continuously fighting the impulse to see what everyone else is doing.
I am not sure how to fight this. Do you?
I know my kids as well as you know yours. No two kids in my home love the same subjects or have the same learning styles. I need to dig in and plan next year, yet I also know I need to do some serious reflecting.
Grab a journal and a cup of something warm and comforting (or cool and refreshing depending on your weather).
Ready? Let the kids build a fort in the living room while we chat and review this past school year. Answer each question honestly for yourself, then click on the question itself if you want to see my personal reflection post. I’ll be posting my reflections “as links” as I answer my own questions.
Let’s Be Honest…
Do we have fun memories and photographs of a few places we have explored together?
How many books did I read aloud to my children this school year?
How many books did each of the kids read quietly to themselves this year?
What educational “rabbit trails” did we take because either the kids or I had an unquenchable need to know?
How many letters of encouragement did each of us write to friends and family this past year?
How many mind blowing science experiments did we participate in: both scheduled and surprise?
Did I incorporate living math into our daily lives?
Do my kids know their math facts inside, outside, and upside down?
Did I love and nurture my husband, or silently ask him to take a back burner in my life because I was busy “teaching”?
Did I serve healthy homemade meals most of the time?
Are my children enthusiastic learners or bored students?
What did I learn about myself this past year?
How did I grow as a teacher this year?
What was my biggest hurdle? How did I deal with or ignore it?
Am I happy with the subjects, curriculum, and adventures that our family exposed our kids to?
How do I want to manage homeschooling next year?
Share some of your experiences with us in the comments below. We learn from each other as we homeschool our children!