I’m smiling in this picture like everything was perfect this week, but deep down, my socks are falling off in my shoes. After the first week of homeschool, I’ve learned a few lessons:
- It’s important to take it one day at a time.
- You have to be willing to change.
- Choose your battles
- It will get done when it gets done. My sanity is more important than a math problem.
I can’t believe that we’ve completed our first official week of homeschool. Insert all of the feels. Can I be honest with you? This week was filled with a lot of highs, lows, uncertainty, anxiety, fear, schedule changes, laughter, joy, tears, and exhaustion, but I wouldn’t trade the decision to homeschool our children for anything in the world.
I thought that this journey would be straightforward because I am a teacher. I mean, I had my life snatched, teacher cape on, and I was ready! I had all of my supplies, a beautiful schedule, curriculum and lessons plans, and excited children. All of that meant nothing, because, by Wednesday, it all changed. I was about to fall out because running a business and homeschooling children in two different grades was taking a toll on me. Honestly, we were just trying to figure this new normal out. I quickly realized that, yes, it’s great to be disciplined and organized, but you must be willing to be flexible AND have a community of people that you can call on that understands what you are going through.
This week, my highs outweighed my lows. I’ve listed a few below. Can you relate?
- Learning how to navigate the new curriculum.
- Trying to teach two different grade levels at one time.
- Knowing when to transition from mommy to teacher.
- Having my children with me. They grow up so fast and you don’t get that time back.
- Having my children in an environment that keeps Jesus at the center and REALLY means it. (Shout out to Legacy Community Academy)
- Carving out time to do devotion with my children.
- Being able to set up weekly playdates with a community that shares our values.
- Group Me chats. Come on!
- Being able to allow my girls to pace themselves throughout the day. We have structured time for work and then brain breaks. They learn according to their learning style.
- Seeing my girls filled with joy because they are in a place they love.
- The ability to set my schedule so that I can work with my girls.
Even with all of the highs and lows, I can tell that this is the start of what’s going to be a beautiful season. I’m not sure what’s going to happen next week, next month, or next year, but I do know that I’m going to enjoy every minute of it. Cheers to being grateful.
Note: For those of you that don’t know, our children attend a hybrid program. This just means that they are in a traditional classroom with other homeschool children two days a week (youngest) and three days a week (oldest). The other days they are at home with me. I love this option because it allows us to partner with a community that shares the same values as our family.