If there is one constant in life, it’s change. So, it should be no surprise that after a certain amount of pride in my planning and other preparation for the best homeschool year ever (at least, since last year), we started it in a very different place this year–Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
I have homeschooled for a minute or two now, and so you would think I knew better. Yet, I confess that, as I counted the actual “sit at the table” days of our upcoming homeschool year, I became anxious about whether we would “get enough school” in this semester. I know–crazy talk, right??!! So, as much as I preach this sermon, I have had to minister to myself that education is a total set of experiences. Then I relaxed and inked in this once-in-a-lifetime experience as week 1. I daresay, I think we learned a few things.
Now that we have the oldest tucked away in her third state in four months, I can think about those sit-at-the-table days with more clarity.
Years ago, I wrote this post about being too excited about starting school, whether it be the first of the school year or after a Christmas break. I have learned to go with the flow rather than to expect too much from these earliest days. We are all feeling our way back into more structure, and with dogs to pick up from the kennel, a hubby to get ready for job-related travel, and unpacking to do, I will curb.my.enthusiasm. May you manage those earliest emotions well, too.