I really enjoy having everything in order, and being on schedule… that fits my personality…but sometimes it just doesn’t work.
This past week was a perfect example. I was ready to start school, had all my curriculum, supplies, and even a schedule… but then I got sick. I don’t usually get sick, so when I do it typically wipes me out for at least a week. Once again, that was the case. My great plans for starting school were totally blown out of the water. At first, I really let it get to me. After all, I had entered dates into the spreadsheets that I made for tracking my children’s progress.
As I lay there thinking, ( and believe me I had a lot of time to think) I realized I was being so foolish. I was worrying myself over nothing. This was WHY we homeschool… to enjoy the freedom to rearrange our schedule and to accommodate for real life. I was letting outside expectations alter my personal expectations. I had to step back, and refocus. We have a whole year ahead of us, plenty of time to get all of our lessons in. So, in the mean time – I asked the kids to do some review lessons and some fraction games to get their minds headed in the right direction.
This little life incident helped me see that so often I put “what is expected” ahead of what we really need. If I’m not breaking any laws, who cares what people think. We home school for the best interests of our family… we home school for us!