- My curriculum is set. Other than finding a spelling curriculum for my first grader (finally chose Spelling Plus), we just continued to use what we chose last year: Saxon for math, Abeka for phonics and language arts, and the Classical Conversations Foundations curriculum for everything else. That is one of the beautiful things about CC. I have looked closely at the curriculum, I like it, and I trust it. As my dad has always said, "If it's working, don't fix it."
- I'm not chasing perfection. Is there a better math program out there? Or phonics? Or spelling? Possibly. Probably. But for a change, I don't care. What we chose is working (see #1), and I am consciously choosing not to even investigate other approaches right now, so as not to stress myself out later.
- I'm avoiding Pinterest. Well, not entirely. But I am not stalking all the science and art projects I could be doing with my daughter. For one, we do a science experiment and have either art or music at CC every week, so I am covered there. Phew. No mommy guilt. Plus, we just don't have time. We do about three hours of school work each day as it is. Add in extracurricular activities and badge work for American Heritage Girls and our days are already full. I want to make sure we get the basics in first, and I feel like that takes up all my time.
- We are keeping it simple. The Classical Conversation leaders are constantly encouraging parents to keep things simple, and the longer we homeschool, the more I agree! Not that technology and projects are bad, but sometimes they can get in the way of focusing on what is most important in our children's education. And since I am prone to distraction anyway, I am trying to go as simple as possible. Most of my daughter's work is kept in composition books, where she has her copy work and where I write as she dictates what she has learned about the Boston Tea Party and the three kinds of muscles. There are some websites and apps I keep handy for when I am unavailable and I want my daughter to do "something that is educational", and as soon as the Cycle 3 app for Classical Conversations is available, I will be downloading it, but otherwise, our homeschooling materials for this year fit in a crate and we are good with that.
- I'm learning to give myself grace. I have decided that on any given day, as long as we cover Bible, math, and reading, it is a good day. And if something comes up and prevents that, it can still be a good day and we will make up the learning on another day. That is the beauty and flexibility of homeschooling. And it is a good lesson for life, too. Any day can be a good day, ultimately, if I am walking in His grace and love.
Is homeschooling stressing you out? Or are you in a season of, "I've got this!" (at least for now)?