This summer has been great. Soaking up the sun at the beach, rainy days, lots of fun with friends and family, and a relaxed school schedule, but it is time to start gearing up for full school days. I am a little trepidatious but excited also. I love seeing how the kids play together and create without time restrictions but there has also been a good amount of extra fighting, teasing and making messes that I could do without. The t.v has managed to be on more then I would like also. The kids and I always seem to do better when we are on a schedule so I think we are all ready to get going.
This year my goals are simple but oh so important if I want to keep my head on as I delve into another year of doing this hard but beautiful homeschooling thing.
*Don't Rush...Don't Rush.
*Have individual time with each child.
*Work on subjects the kids are having trouble in.
*Figure out what the best schedule will be for us.
*Continue to lesson plan and adjust as needed.
*Give the boys more independent work.
*Make sure the kids stay on top of their chores.
*Remember why we homeschool when I start to get overwhelmed.
*Take the pressure off of myself...and the kids to perform.
* The children will develop a love and excitement for learning.
* I will develop a love and excitement for teaching and learning.
* We will grow closer together as a family.
* I will model Jesus to my children.
* Our home will have an atmosphere of love, peace and joy.
* Our home will be an environment of creativity and learning.
* I will make the most of every opportunity to incorporate Jesus into every situation.
* I will find grace and strength in Jesus to help me in my moments of weakness and frustration.
* I will not only teach my children scholastically but spiritually as well.
* My children and I will develop Godly character as we learn to work together.
* Trust in Jesus and not in myself to do this work that only he can do in soil of these precious hearts and minds.
Now that I have all that has been in my heart and mind written down my outlook on this year feels so much better. I always feel like the "Little Train That Could" puffing up the mountain as I try to homeschool my young ones, " I think I can...I think I can... I think I can." Always underestimating myself and what I am capable of, but when I look to Jesus; coming to him with these little souls that are in my care...I know I can, as he works through me!
What are your goals, hopes and prayers for the school year?
Are you excited or nervous as you enter the school year?
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