Somehow, after Christmas I always seem to re-evaluate everything. It is not even a conscious writing of goals or resolutions, though I sometimes wish I were so disciplined. Mostly, I like to de-clutter, (which I am guessing is a common post-Christmas activity for moms), and in so doing reorganize, which makes me re-evaluate everything!
All that to say, we are back in the full swing of homeschooling, yet I am re-thinking it all and planning next year in my head while this year is barely half over! Why do I always do this to myself?
One thing I am thinking about is simply more freedom for the kids. It is ironic, because if you were to ask me my biggest struggle with homeschooling, I would probably tell you I am not structured enough. And yet, I am still leaning toward more freedom. I want the kids to continue to love learning.
January seems to be an excellent time to experiment with all of this. We have many beautiful days outside, where the kids have been on scooters, making bug houses, and enjoying the chilly sunshine. I could listen to them for hours as they make up games based on their books or imaginations.
Then we have the cozier days where we are inside sipping tea, (and espresso for me using my new Christmas present), playing with animals, painting, or reading.
I laugh every year when I get new ideas and think, “This is it!” Really, every year is so different and every year we find new and fun ways to homeschool, (as well as new ways to fail!) There is no magic “it.” If you would have told me that when I began homeschooling, I probably would have freaked out and been determined to find the right way. It is only over time, and trusting God, that I have become comfortable with the constant change and realizing no other mom has it all together and could do it better. God has trusted me with these kids, and it is up to me to trust Him every day for what I need to teach them. He is faithful!