Sometimes I see the appeal in year-round homeschooling — keeping information fresh in kids’ minds, being able to take more breaks more often, etc., — but I simply haven’t been able to talk myself into sacrificing any portion of my summer, even for breaks that would no doubt be very welcome throughout the school year.
And what was that book I wanted to use for read aloud? I remember and jot it down. And I jot down others. And I make another note. And another. All about homeschooling.
Then I notice my school supplies. Do I have enough glue sticks? Cap erasers? I need some 1st grade tablets. I jot another note. Maybe things need to be reorganized a little. I move stuff around. I shuffle flashcards and stack math manipulatives. And I realize I’m enjoying this. Which surely makes me a total nerd.
And I decide I’m a little sick of sleeping in. I miss that early morning, up-before-the-kids time. I find myself wanting my schedule back. I realize I miss my…gulp…STRUCTURE.
It doesn’t happen overnight; there are a few weeks of recovery time necessary in-between, but I never cease to be amazed how the very practice that has me so expended and exhausted in late spring is the same thing that excites and motivates me in late summer. The strength that was depleted is renewed. The inspiration that was drained revives. The peace and the purpose return and I find myself looking at another school year, not with the dread I might have felt in late May, but with all the excitement and enthusiasm of a new beginning and a new day set in late August.
I call it the “Ready to Get Back to Homeschooling Phenomenon.” It’s a colossal change of heart. A burst of hope. A special gift of grace.
Without it, I couldn’t do this.
But with it, I can tell you I’m ready, and EXCITED, to get back to homeschooling.
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