A week full of encouragement! I knew it was out there… waiting for us somewhere in the fog of bad attitudes, blown schedules, and my own feelings of inadequacy. That’s not to say that we haven’t had some great times in our homeschooling journey thus far, but a week of consistent optimism and confidence? No…. definitely not.
But the last few days we’ve enjoyed a morning of coffee in a neighborhood shop with other homeschooling friends, and spent an afternoon picking out the plants for our Fairy Garden. My younger daughter finished her Language Arts curriculum for this school year, and my older daughter isn’t far behind her so we’re actually able see the light at the end of the tunnel for our first homeschooling year. Today we spent the day at a friend’s house having an “Ancient Greek Olympics” with many of our homeschooling friends where the kids played games and we all cooked and brought authentic Greek food… it was a blast!
I’ve felt relaxed this week, and we’ve been able to do our educating the way I had hoped it would be in the beginning: hands-on projects, fun activities, being able to enjoy time with friends.
I have so many dreams for this road we’re on. Amazing trips we can take, fun projects, great books… and I have to accept that not all of them are going to go the way I want them to. I’m going to make plans, lots of them, and then be disappointed when the kids think they’re lame, or I can’t get everything we need, or we just plain can’t afford it! (My educational trip ideas are pretty darn fantastic!)
All of these “big ideas” are great, and I don’t want to let go of them because I think it’s important having something to aspire to. I just hope I’ll remember the simplicity of this week, and know that this too is great.