Homeschooling is quite the adventure, and anyone who has homeschooled knows, no two years are ever the same. Especially when you decide to go a different direction that what you had planned, because life happens. Since my papa died, I decided to take a step back from being a part of a PSP (Private Satellite Program) or a co-op. I felt I needed to focus on our family and our kids needs uninterrupted. I need this next school year to walk through this fog I am currently living in. No filling my mind with to-do lists for somebody else, just step back, take a deep breath and do what is in front of me. Needless to say, this is turning out to be an abundantly full year. We are busier than ever, but the agenda is just our kids!
This new freedom has allowed us to venture out and do new things which have been a great blessing to my kids. My husband has been loving this change too!
We have been able to to schedule special field trips when it works best for my hubby’s work schedule, without the worry about finding a sub for my classes.
And even though my kids do get tired of back to back tours, we all have a great evening talking about what we learned and what we thought was amazing about the places we visit.
We have even included some weekly horseback riding lessons, my girls are loving it at Cloverleaf Ranch. They are also looking forward to their summer camp this year.
In addition to all this activity outside the home, I have been able to add more domestic art activities at home. Like painting, sewing, baking and cooking. The new domestic arts really just allows me to be with my family and teach something my mind can handle. The additional blessing is that we have been able to invite other homeschoolers to join in the fun!
The best part is, that it all has value in the grand scheme of things. Painting can be a great outlet for creativity or leisure time, sewing will give them the ability to create or mend something. Plus with baking and cooking, how can you go wrong? We all need to eat right!?
This new direction has been a great blessing so far. I have no idea what the next school year will hold. Whether it will be the same or not. But I don’t need to worry about that how, just enjoy what I have before me now.
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14