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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sometimes You Have to Change Mid-Stream

Last night I talked a little about our homeschool plans for next year, but that’s so far off…it’s not as though I can just sit down and pretend I’m happy with the way things are going right now.

Of course, the instant I decide to make some changes, everyone gets sick. Winking smile

Yep, taken down by a phantom virus.  Life almost never works out the way I plan.  But we are making little changes each day, and working on some bigger changes.

So, what are we doing?

  • spelling at double speed for Mary (she’s up to doing about a lesson a “school” day)---we want to finish level 3 of All About Spelling super quick and maybe get into level 4
  • speeding up David’s social studies because he’s behind and we finally found a narration method that works super well for him (his narrations are getting better and better)
  • letting Peter read all he wants and find more readers at his level that are actually interesting---good easy readers really are hard to find
  • reading more to Peter at just above his current level, while pointing to the words
  • more read alouds of interesting stuff for the whole crew---right now we are reading a book published in 1955 on scientific expeditions (we are reading about the climbing of Mt. McKinley)
  • parallel studies---since Mt. McKinley is in Alaska, I went to the library and checked out books on Alaska, a couple of youth novels that take place in Alaska and also dug out an activity book by Scholastic I had on Alaska
  • not crying over scrapped plans---while some of my scrapped plans were good, I can do better and am
  • who knows what next week holds…but one thing I have found is that the less “planned” days often turn out better with the kiddos learning more

We were missing some of the joy of learning.  In fact our joyful moments were pretty fleeting and life is too short and too hard to go on too long without some true joy.  I hate spending my days doing things just to get them done.

If your year is not turning out the way you thought it would, it’s ok!  You can turn it around.  It’s not too late.  But, think creatively.  I know that I can’t afford to go out and buy new curricula at this time of the year, my budget is used up for this school year.  But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world and that you are just stuck.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of rearranging what you already have, or dropping some things, and maybe adding in some other things you have sitting around that you were thinking about using some other time.  There’s no one set way of doing things, sometimes you just need a fresh perspective.

2 comments:

  1. Ahh... I am in the same boat. I get so excited about the next school year about 2/3 into this one. I am not happy with how things are going, so I took some time and rearranged and now we are speeding through so we can be done with this year! Tons of guilt set in with that, so thanks for sharing your story!!

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  2. I think it helps to know that we all have struggles. ;0)

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