Friday, July 30, 2010

What Happened to the Plan??

  You may or may not know that we had a plan.  It was not a bad one.  It was doable.  But somewhere along the way it disappeared.  Where?  I do not know.  I can't say I'm really disappointed.  Actually I don't think I really care, isn't that funny.  It was my plan to begin with so maybe I feel I have creative rights to alter or chuck it completely!
  Our plan was to school through the summer, and apart from Bradon's odd Math lesson, we haven't at all. 
  Now that July is over, I'm kinda thinkin' there's no reason to try.  We'll just pick it up again in Sept. 
  I have tried to get us in sync with regular school start and stop times.  I've never been really successful at it.  We usually just start and stop when we need to.  Which means that although my children are learning and growing we may not be in the same "grade" other kids are.  2 of my kids are at least a grade ahead if not 2.  And the other 2 are a grade behind, in some areas 2!
 I have felt the pressure to "measure" and push my kids or hold them back.  More and more though I care less and less.  And I hope that I can finally stop thinking about where they are "suppose" to be and just let them "BE". 
   After all it's not like we not doing anything, well currently we are, but you know what I mean.  We are free to move at our own pace and learn things more thoroughly.  I think they will benefit far more from that, rather then rushing through to get it done.
  Thanks for listening;)  I'm just here to ramble at you!


Jhona O. said...

I'm visiting from Mckmama's community! I am also a homeschooling mama. I too struggle with feeling the pressure to "keep my kids on track". Every year I feel it less and less. I know that they are constantly learning and that we are doing what we are suppose to do. We won't start the new year until September. It's been nice to have a big Summer break! I pray that both of us will be able to break free of these expectations and look forward to reading your blog! Blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

I am also visiting from Mckmama's community. Praying that you come to peace with your plans, or lack there of and where your children are at!

God Bless!

Kim said...

Your family is just adorable. Nice to meet another homeschooler. I am finding that the more we homeschool, the less I care about where we are.

We are very far ahead though, so I feel like we can afford some "slack" here and there.

Nice to meet you on the frog.

Ray said...

I am visiting from Mckmama's community, too.

What a cute family! Love the picture on top. :)

Traci Michele said...

Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful family!

Mommy2Four said...

Your family is beautiful, and it sounds like you are doing great!

Though I don't homeschool, before my youngest was born, I was an elementary school teacher(I stuck with Pre-K and Kindergarten though... my favorites!)

My son, M, is ahead in everything..... everything seems to come easy for him. His older sister, R, on the other hand, everything is a struggle for. It's hard sometimes, balancing the two extremes. Making sure everyone knows they are doing great, and that I'm proud of them for giving 100%, no matter what the grades say.

I so admire you for being able to homeschool your whole crew! Your family is beautiful!