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Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer thoughts on the Fall

It seems so unfair that I have to start thinking about the start of school already. But, we start soon, and I need to be prepared. Sigh...

This fall we will begin our third year homeschooling. My oldest will be going into 7th grade, and my youngest will be starting 1st grade. I cannot believe they are this big.

I've considered other options for this coming fall. Especially with my oldest's needs. I'm constantly questioning the decision. I have to stop doing that to myself. Even after considering our options, we always land back at homeschool for both our boys.

I'm ready to take on the year, and make it wonderful!

Most of our curriculum is purchased and I just have a few loose ends to tie up.Choosing curriculum can be one the hardest things to do. I will begin lesson planning, and making our calendar for the school year. If I don't map out the year and get a glimpse of the time we have to complete our lessons and fit in vacation time and holidays, it won't all get done.

I have a few goals this year.

This year I just want to slow down and enjoy it more. As we enter our third year, I have a different kind of peace and confidence. The first year I questioned being able to do it. The second year I knew I could, but did I want to? This year-I know we can do it, and I know I want to. I'm looking forward to my first year as a veteran. I don't feel like such a newbie anymore.

My husband is thankful for this, I'm sure. I no longer talk to him for hours about curriculum choices I've agonized over for hours.

One of the biggest challenges I have as a homeschooling mom is the age gap between the two boys. I want both boys to enjoy learning and plan engaging activities for our lessons that are age appropriate for both of them. That can be hard when one is a teenager and one is still a little guy. The boys have totally different personalities and learning styles. They both have their own talents and gifts and somehow I want to nurture each of them in those areas.

I have no master plan for that. I just want to make a great year for them!

I'm looking forward to the school year. I'm excited to see what God has planned for us this year.

I have a feeling it's something good!

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9 Comments:

At July 15, 2011 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Sara said...

when I grow up and have some kids, I want to be just like you. Seriously. You rock.

 
At July 15, 2011 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Rebecca Watson said...

I cant wait to hear about all the lessons and fun activities you will have planned for the kiddos! good look planning everything, you are such a planner!!

 
At July 16, 2011 at 12:47 PM , Blogger Liz said...

Good luck in year 3! We are starting kindy in a few weeks, so that's our big adjustment to go through.

 
At July 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

Kudos to you..I am not sure I could be patient enough to help my kiddos.

It definitely sounds like you have it all figured and you are ready for a successful school year with your boys.

 
At July 16, 2011 at 7:38 PM , Blogger thesisterhoodofspiritualsinglemoms said...

You may have used this before, but I used Abeka for a little while that I was homeschooling. I think it is better suited for the younger ones, but it was colorful and easy to follow. I don't want to think about the beginning of school either! My daughter is a senior this year so I am probably going to cry at every "last" event! It all goes so fast!

 
At July 16, 2011 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Boobies said...

I commend you for homeschooling..it's something I've pondered MANY MANY times!

You guys are going to have an amazing year...I can feel it!

 
At July 17, 2011 at 3:49 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

I think I will have the same grade gap between my kids when #2 starts "school". Right now I am struggling so much with my 8 year old's motivation I feel like crawling under a rock and waiting until he gets on a school bus before I come out.

Really though my husband and I agree that hsing is our only option but some days are just so hard right now. Especially when he's watching the 2 year old play from his "desk".

I hope you surpass all of your goals for this coming school year!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 7:10 AM , Blogger Raquel English said...

Adrienne,
I also commend you for homeschooling. this will be my third year of homeschooling and it takes a toll on me at times. It's a gentle reminder that I'm responsible for my son's future and his education. That thought to me is daunting.

 
At August 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Raquel English said...

Thanks Adrienne, I appreciate you emailing me back. Your a girl of your word. I like it.
I have another question if you don't mind. How have you gotten your blog so large? You have so many followers. What's your secret? Would you ever be willing to allow me to guest post on your blog about homeschooling? Thanks for all the advice. I needed that today. Sometimes I lose focus of my ultimate goals.

 

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