Love Jesus. Mom of six. Nonni to Lincoln. Being changed daily.Home schooling. Compassion International Advocate. All for His glory.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
This time of year....
every year.... I start looking at curriculum for next year. I am not sure if this is normal but for the past 20 yrs I have done this. This was my last year to ever have 4 students. I now have three graduates and three still home schooling. Wow.
I have collected, bought and tried lots and lots of different books. I have books I bought that I have never used.... some I have tried and then sold. Some books I love.... I even have games. You know educational games that I have collected and bought through the years. The ones my kids beg to play and I say... later.
But every spring... every April/May I start looking. Maybe after home schooling for 20 yrs this is just part of the normal. I do think it is good to refresh and regroup and throw out what doesn't work. So often I think I have to like what everyone else likes... or what a good friend loves using. But I need to find what works for OUR family. Each child is different. I have probably heard that over 1000 times in the past 20 yrs... but I have also said it atleast 100!
Now with three graduates .... I have realized
1. the early years can be spent more relaxed and fun...
2. each child will learn to read at their pace. some slower than others. THEY WILL GET IT!
3. time goes too fast.... once the high school years come... college prep comes and so more structure, record keeping, requirements.
What do I regret most....
feeling like I had to make sure they were not missing anything!