Below are a five popular company slogans and a few thoughts on how they apply to the new school year. See if you can identify the company/brand. At the end of the post I will share how to enter for the drawing.
1. "Just do it" I spend a lot of time planning mentally, but eventually the time comes to committing it to paper and launching it into reality. This will be our 12th year homeschooling and I've learned a little secret: I'm never 100% ready at the start of the year. Whether it's a few books we still lack, a half-filled planner, or simply "life", I reach a point where I have to "just do it." Yes, it's painful, especially the fist week. But after a couple of weeks and a few tweaks, the initial shock wears off and we find our groove.
2. "Have it your way" A sound piece of advice to newbies and a gentle reminder to the seasoned: don't try duplicate someone else's school. Tailor it to fit your family and customize it for your unique needs! There is great wisdom in seeking advice from other homeschool moms, and the market is flooded with amazing curriculum choices. But what works for your friend or is suggested in the teacher's manual may not work for you. No single idea or philosophy is one-size-fits all.
3. "Imagination at work" If you missed my post "The Power of Play", you need to read it before you make any academic plans. Obviously every homeschool parent wants their children to succeed academically, but may I remind you that sometimes the education we received is our own worst enemy? If we want to raise children who will truly change the world, then we need to give them an abundance of time to develop skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
4. "At the corner of happy and healthy" This is a reminder to tuck away for a rainy day. You know, one of "those days" when the baby wont stop crying, the older kids are starting WWIII, the dog yacks on the floor, your husband is running late and can't find his keys, and you just want to run away... all before 8am! Yes, in spite of our best intentions, those days happen. Rather than locking yourself in the bathroom and having an emotional meltdown laden with thoughts of guilt and failure, remind yourself of what really matters: your kids are happy and healthy and they love you. Cancel school for the day, go find a good cup of coffee, and spend the day at the park.
5. "Make the most of now" A friend once commented, "the days are long, but the years are short". Although she was referring to parenting, the same is true of our homeschool journey. You will never have this day again. Tomorrow your children will be one day older and one day closer to leaving the nest. Even though you may think it wont come soon enough, I promise it will. I remember how excited I was when all the children could buckle themselves into their seats. That seems like only yesterday, and now my oldest is driving. Savor the moment, seize the day, embrace the season!
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I will choose a winner at random next Friday, August 21st, and announce the winner here so be sure to check back!