last week's Homeschool Journal post you know I was living life in limbo for the week. Word came, surgery is scheduled and I actually won't be leaving town until around April 20th. Many more tests need to be done between now and then, dad is doing great and has a very positive outlook... which helps me be at ease as I just wait, 1200 miles away.
Knowing he is trooping along, I can relax and actually find some relief in the extended wait. I am hoping to review lesson plans this weekend and trim, where possible, so we might finish the bulk of our studies before April 20th. This would allow me to leave the kids with only minor studies to round out their school year.
How do you plug forward when limbo swings around?
#1 - Don't give up! It seems to me that there is always something to slow up or stop the homeschooling process. It is easy to drop everything and just succumb. Sometimes you need to and that is OK - BUT - when this becomes a daily or weekly habit it is time to grab a hold and plug in. Maybe at a slower pace, but still a pace which moves forward.
#2 - Put one foot in front of the other! This sort of goes hand-in-hand with #1. Once you resolve to not give up, don't feel like you have to have it ALL figured out. Simply take one-step-at-a-time.
...Maybe in a difficult time you can't handle your full subject load
... maybe you are behind or disoriented with what to do
Pick one thing to start with and step forward in that. When you are ready, add another, and so on. No one gets to the top of the stairway in one leap... it is one-step-at-a-time.
I could have been daunted this week by all I wanted to do AND needed to do both academically and in all the other little side ways we house-mamas have to juggle. But I took it one-step-at-a-time and plugged ahead. I didn't get to EVERYTHING this week, but I got to things and more is done at the end of the week then was done at the beginning.
Our Homeschool This Week...In-line with walking out the above steps, this week we cut out a couple of our subjects and focused on some of the basics I was most concerned about. We did Science, History, and Algebra and, on the days I could, Brooke and I tackled Composition. It was all good - not our usual load - but we didn't give up!
I didn't take very many pictures this week. I suffered a pretty bad migraine starting Monday. I wasn't really feeling well enough to look at screens until Wednesday. Jumping into our geology unit as previously mentioned, it only took us one week to study the basics in our Earth Science book. The kids requested an edible science project to review the layers of the earth - proof that it doesn't matter how old you are; edible science is always a good idea!!
I forgot to include this picture last week, it is a new favorite:
What have you been up to this week?