A couple weeks ago I performed the ritual thousands of moms are doing right now.
I made up a family schedule for this fall.
When your primary job is to keep you home running, this is a big event. There are many needs to consider, many activities with fixed times and days, and as a homeschool mom, there are chunks of time we need to be home and things we hope to fit into that time. Its not an easy task.
But I wrote that schedule and just let it sit. I went away for a while, I thought about my goals, my desires and my children's ages and stages.
I am so glad I did. That little time away to breathe, to consider, to reflect makes all the difference. Then, providentially, I saw this website. Go there and look.
Yes, yes. This is what my heart was telling me in that down time. I needed to remember that teaching from a state of anxiety or panic or worry isn't why I am doing this. Rest, space, down time. That is why we are homeschooling. This little blip called childhood is a small percentage of our lives and I want my children to roll around in it, to soak in the space where creativity is born. To eat up all the good stuff I can give them.
So i will go back to that schedule soon and toss out the things I have on there because some voice inside told me I "should". I will look at what is the essence of our education. What matters most. That is what I will keep.