Isn't there just something about brand new textbooks in the fall? You don't have to homeschool to know what I am talking about! This year we are going with public school from home option that uses Calvert Curriculum, a decision I wrote a little bit about here. For this year, with 2 little boys running through the home in addition to 3 children officially being schooled, I knew I needed a little bit of help. A completely organized "curriculum in a box" was the answer for me, however financially it would be a bit of a strain with 3 grades to purchase. Enter this program. My children are technically enrolled at the local public school, however they will not be attending any classes there, and instead be taught at home. Ordinarily I would not consider this, but when I discovered that they were using Calvert, an award-winning, time tested homeschool curriculum, I decided to give it a try. Thankfully, a few of our local homeschooling family friends are also using this program this year, so hopefully we'll find our footing rather quickly.
My kids' won't be the only ones learning something new. I've heard good things about this book from several reputable sources and have decided to take the plunge. 7 Sacred Pauses may be just what I need to stay centered throughout the day. These homeschooling days are long, tough, and a lot of work. I need to intentionally mark a few moments to refocus my energies and my thoughts upward. I believe that may make the difference in burning out or staying the course.
Our first day of school will be Monday, giving me the weekend to prepare myself and to soak up these last few moments of unscheduled freedom before jumping in for real. I'm thankful for the extended summer break we've had this year - just what I needed to get through the first trimester and all of the things that go along with it. Now I'm looking forward to a different sort of rhythm to our days - a bit more intentional living, here with my little ones.
For me, that is the most important part. All of us, here, learning together. Thankful for another year where we can do just that!
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