IMG_2457.JPG  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:

  1. It’s important to take it one day at a time.
  2. Breathe
  3. You have to be willing to change.
  4. Choose your battles
  5. 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?

My lows:

  1. Learning how to navigate the new curriculum.
  2. Trying to teach two different grade levels at one time.
  3. Knowing when to transition from mommy to teacher.

My highs:

  1. Having my children with me. They grow up so fast and you don’t get that time back.
  2. Having my children in an environment that keeps Jesus at the center and REALLY means it. (Shout out to Legacy Community Academy)
  3. Carving out time to do devotion with my children.
  4. Being able to set up weekly playdates with a community that shares our values.
  5. Group Me chats.  Come on!
  6. 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.
  7. Seeing my girls filled with joy because they are in a place they love.
  8. 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.  

Educationally Speaking,

 

CEO Ty

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