how we've changed over these past 10 years! (In more ways than one:)
It was really fun to dig up a few old photos...Especially one that was taken the 1st year of our homeschooling journey, and compare it to a fairly recent one.
Though none of our children have been strictly homeschooled K-12 thus far, we are still a family who has devoted the past 10 years to this secondary vocation in one way, shape, form or another. It's a full-time dedication to something we feel called to do but we certainly don't fit into any particular mold or label. I can finally be ok with that. No, we are far from fitting into any kind of perfect box. In fact, being perfectly imperfect always gives us something to work on as we forge ahead.
(And I wouldn't change a thing, by the way!)
How fast has it flown? Well, it really is true...Time does fly by so incredibly fast...Homeschooling or not! This is not to say that there haven't been some very slow moments. There certainly have been many days when I thought I'd never make it through another minute of homeshooling, let alone 10 years. This is all just to say that each day is precious and the tough ones make it all worth it. My husband and I have always said "One year at a time, God willing..."
From this day forward, we march on with the same sentiments.
Now, let's get to the celebrating!
(After a short walk down memory lane;)
It's so important for home educating families to celebrate success...Seriously. No one else is going to do it for us, that's for sure! Especially when many of us don't even have family and friends to encourage us.
That being said, if I could single out one thing I've learned in the past 10 years, it's that joy is contagious...and in the home, it begins with me. I have to constantly remind myself of this when I get discouraged or get caught up in the daily tasks at hand and the work to be done. I set the tone.
I have found that it's absolutely necessary to bring joy into the picture and there are so many ways to do this...Prayer, Sacraments, thankfulness, and stopping to share the simple things...Even simple celebrations!
It's truly up to us to be surprised by joy...And it's waiting to be discovered every day, right along with our children, even amidst the math books and spelling words!
(I made a list and didn't tell the kids what the surprise was until the morning of each day;)
We counted down our last 10 days of school with 10 surprises...
1. Breakfast and Board Games!
What better way to hone math and reading skills!
We love this game (Catholic version of Monopoly...There are interesting tidbits on each card that we read aloud. Our 6th grade "banker" practiced the lost art of counting change! It was a fun way to start the day:)
2. Library and Slurpees!
Happy Summer from our house to yours!
~May Crowning 2014~
Perfect "last day of school!"
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