...and for some reason I still feel like a newbie! Why is that? Am I the only one who feels this way?
I don't know if this is even remotely important. But it's on my mind... so I thought I'd just tell you guys.
I so often feel as though I would really be great at homeschooling the early grades now....if only I got a homeschooling do-over! But this year, I will be starting my tenth year of homeschooling and the first year of high school! Talk about feeling like a newbie....
I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone. This thought occured to me a few days ago and I found it rather disconcerting. We will be starting our twelveth year this fall. Shouldn't I feel like a veteran and be filled with confidence ready to meet all those goals and ideals I have set. Or even be able to impart some hard learned wisdom to other moms just beginning. There are moms on this forum who haven't been schooling as long as I have but the wealth of advice they share is amazing and I soak it up.
Tristan, I think you make a very good point because what I used for my eldest simply won't work for some of the younger ones so it feels new.
Yes, Jenn, sleep can help a lot and I wish it was the answer to everything. I would try to get more of it.
See? I'm still up even though I said I should go to bed. It's so hard to convince myself to do that when the house is finally quiet and I can actually concentrate on my planning now. Or, I could concentrate, if I would get off this lovely forum. :)
I seem to remember Charlotte said we should not stay up late. :)
You guys are right. Things change every year, each child is different, and I am constantly adapting to that. Also I think part of the reason I still feel like a newbie is because I still have so much to learn about CM methodology... we didn't always school this way, and I'm still learning.
Thanks for the commiserating and the encouraging everyone ....
Was going to basically post what you did Jenn: up too late most every night this week (but three youngest get up before 7 a.m.) and when else can I do it???
I also will have one preschooler up to an 8th grader. I *might* be freaking out a bit that DS, 13, will be heading into high school next year. This is my *last* year to get him ready. EEK!
OTOH, we got their test scores back and DH was very pleased, and I was RELIEVED. Not that we hinge everything on that, but DH does want them to be comfortable taking bubble tests and he also feels it gives us some evidence of their strengths and where we need to fill in more.
So ... here I am feeling totally overwhelmed. I think I have decided to just get 9 weeks planned and go from there. If I take the 3 weeks on/1 week off plan as I hope to this year, I should be able to get the next 9 weeks done here and there on the week's off. I am probably way over-planning but I simplified last year and I'm thinking maybe too much so.
I know in reality we got a lot done especially considering we started the year off compiling a dossier and brought home our 2YO daughter in February after a 15-day trip to China with our WHOLE family (DH, me, 5 children + 1 more on the way home!).
Life school hapens too, and that is not a bad thing! Still I have so many goals and aspirations for this year. I just feel I HAVE to be organized with a 2YO, two 1st graders (who are at totally different levels of understanding and functioning), 5th grader, 6th grader, who is still learning English (conversational great; written still very hard for him) and then aforementioned 8th grader.
Yeah, my head is now spinning again.
And JennNC, I need to get off this lovely forum too, but I keep coming back to see if anyone else is still planning ...
I actually feel in the same boat but its a bit of a different spin for me 20 yrs homeschooling, down to my last one at home. She is entering 8th grade and I think I have overplanned her year for her, just a wee bit...(OK, a LOT) I am used to having 3, 4, or 5 to plan for and around and now that I just have one, I want to do it ALL. I am looking at the shelves thinking that 24 novels in a year is a bit much for a 12 yo? Sigh..yeah, I have to rethink this, converse with her about what she wants to do ( besides stay outside and find horses to ride!) and try to figure out which books are the best, out of the years of accumulating wealth on my shelves...It is a bit overwhelming, not in the same ballpark as what you all are dealing with, but I think every year our situation changes and the Lord wants us to take each year to Him, not just 'plug in' to a formula. There is always something new to learn and a unique perspective on learning it, whether we have 1 or a dozen I guess.
Well I am a newbie so for me it's no wonder I feel like one!
This last school year was our first one. Based on what I was hearing I was expecting it to be very challenging, to be a difficult adjustment and I actually had a great time! So did my boys.
I am really hoping it is possible to have a positive experience all the way tru.
At this point I would love to keep going tru high school.
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