A New Start, A New Year, An Old Lesson

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.

niagara falls shot 3


niagara falls shot 2


niagara falls shot 1


bullard family at niagara falls summer 2015


before and after at niagara falls summer 2015


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.

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2 thoughts on “A New Start, A New Year, An Old Lesson

  1. I do always enjoy hearing what you all are doing. What a lovely way to start the school year. We started this year at the beach! The kids have barely seen the ocean and there was plenty of learning going on. I loved going back and reading the old post. I just found a copy of Dragon wings in a free box. Is it important to read the books in order or do they stand alone?
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. I, too, read through old posts from time to time, Dawn, as a reminder of what we did/ what to do, and as encouragement and inspiration. Those books in that series are stand-alones, if I remember, so you won’t have to start from the beginning of the series to enjoy each one. In fact, I think we’ve only read two of the series. It will be that time again on next year–wow!!

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