Monday, February 16, 2009

That time of year again

As a homeschool Mom, I get to this time of year and realize that we have so much still to do, and so little time.
So I spent the morning evaluating what we have accomplished, and figuring out what needs to happen in order to complete the year in time to enjoy the summer.
Here's where I realize that starting in September, with the plan to school through June was a stupid idea. What was I thinking? We have a camping trip planned for a week in May. Looks like we will be taking our school books.
But most importantly, we need to be finished in time for VBS and camp.
Hailey, whose name should be changed to "Wail-ey," is not happy about the crack down. She likes sleeping in until the sun is actually shining. Come to think of it, I do, too. But this is becoming more obviously non-efficient.
We are experiencing the cabin-fever-blues, which happen every year about this time. They lead to a re-evaluation of priorities, so they are a good tool, if I don't let them overwhelm me.
I admit, I have been wondering how long this homeschool train will run, and how far it would take us. I have even contemplated researching what school district (gasp!) we belong to. But as I lay awake last night, taking stock of our journey, both past and future, I realized I'm not ready to get off this train yet.
Where else would I have the joy of seeing my children learn everything they know, and knowing I had a part of it? Where else would I get to be laughed at by my children for tearing up during our history lesson? Where else am I going to get to repeat fifth grade without having to pay tuition and feel stupid?
I think we will be homeschooling a little while longer, yet.


Chris said...

these years are unspeakably precious... hold on tight:)

Kelli said...

You know what, I was thinking today how much easier my life would be if I shipped them off every morning and they stayed away until every afternoon. Easy, yes, but happy, probably not. My house might be cleaner (no vinegar and baking soda volcanos to explode on the kitchen table) but there would be so much less laughter. I'm not ready to hop off the train, either. That is one reason I am switching to Tapestry of Grace. It goes all the way to 12th grade, so going into high school will not be a hard transition where we end up getting so discouraged we go back to the "dark side" of education.

Joanna said...

I'm in the same boat.

Smiling Shelly said...

I seriously don't know how you guys do it. I get frustrated when mine comes home with questions about her sixth grade homework that I don't understand.

School was hard enough the first time around, I certainly don't wish to repeat it. :/

My hat's off to you, my friend.

JMBMOMMY said...

This time of the year does have a way of giving you a little cabin fever! I never knew how many hard decisions would be made about schools!!!