The school year is DONE! This was our family’s 5th year homeschooling, and I have to say it was, by far, hardest. The end of last year was tough because I was very pregnant and we were trying to sell our house. Because of moving and having a baby, I didn’t prepare as much during the summer as I should have for this school year. I also, for some insane reason, decided to change curricula. Let’s just say that next school year, we are running back to Kolbe Academy.
Here are are a few things I learned from this school year:
1. Make a schedule and stick to it. The day doesn’t have to be scheduled down to 15 minute increments, but having math, lunch, etc at the same time every day really keeps the kids in a better mood.
2. The more positive I am, the more positive the kids are. It’s hard, really hard sometimes to stay chipper all day. This year Liam was in 4th, Jack was in 3rd, Matilda was in 1st/2nd, and Matthew was learning how to read. On top of that I was caring for a toddler and a newborn. There is always a lot going on here!! But I found that the days where I found humor in everything and joked around with the kids all day were some of the most productive days we’ve had. Don’t get me wrong, the kids complained a lot about doing school, but what kid doesn’t! But I’m the one setting the attitude example, not the kids.
3. A messy house is ok. Really, it is. At the top of my list of things that stress me out is clutter. But realistically, there will be clutter in my house. We homeschool 6 kids, and that equals mess. I can’t change that. But what I can change is how I feel about it. I read a great quote by Simcha Fisher that hit me in the heart. “Given the choice, I will almost always choose cleaning up a mess over keeping things under reasonable control.” Yep.
I’ll be back with summer reading lists and activities and curriculum reviews! Yay for summer!!