…posted three months late!!
Our spontaneous summer break was officially over on August 8th–the day after Vacation Bible School. Crazy, I know! But, ready or not, it was time to jump in.
There’s really no words for what takes place under our roof at any given time. After assuring him that hiding under the covers would not exempt him from school, Sir Strange O’Lot appeared, ready for the day. Or at least the morning. I never know to whom I am speaking or for how long.
“Mama. I’m not a soldier anymore. I’m an underwater welder, now.” Oh. Right. So sorry!
I’ve never been able to start the school day with a disorganized house. I might not leave the schoolroom for three hours, but I cannot concentrate with dirty dishes in the sink! The kids work through their Job Packs first thing.
I’ve been asked many times how I “get it all done.” For one thing–I don’t! There are many little things that simply wait. For a long time.
But a large factor in my house not falling apart is my little tribe of willing helpers. I have always needed their help. And they know that. We have fun together. And of course, a good,
loud motivating music playlist helps! As they get older, their responsibilities increase, as does their satisfaction with knowing the key role they play in our household.
Another aspect of our fairly smooth school days is found in our curricular choices. There are so many choices available, now! The styles vary greatly, and each style has its ardent supporters–each with very valid points. I have learned to apply the realistic to its fullest potential rather than continually reach for, but never obtain, the ideal.
All of my girls are very independent in their schooling, now. They have cultivated a love for reading which makes learning far more enjoyable and natural to them. I include them in the curricular choices, following their interests whenever reasonable (such as computer
Only a boy!!
programming for a semester of science) and requiring those aspects most would rather leave undone (Pre-Algebra, anyone?!). No day runs perfectly. But the bumpy days are now in the minority.
I enjoy seeing each child’s creativity and personality throughout the day, each one unique and unafraid to be who they are.
One morning girl chooses to
rise at a most ridiculous hour make use of the early solitude. Most of her school work is finished before I’m even functioning. She knows not to ask me any math questions before my cup of coffee is gone! This early start to her day gives her ample opportunity to have fun!
A worn out dress gets a new look
Our “Baby Girl,” as we call her, is our ray of sunshine. Incredibly expressive, and full of personality, she keeps us all laughing and loving life.
As we move forward with our new school year, I am continually reminded of how
blessed I am. The younger years are so much work. A few, short years feel like a lifetime. But the difficult work of training children from the start pays richly. Just a short time ago, this “little girl” was testing me, and trying me in ways I didn’t think a three-year-old could. Now, at thirteen, she is a great asset and blessing to this family. And she loves her babies! I so enjoy watching her grow into a sweet, caring young lady.
We have way too much fun! Some day the house will be clean and quiet. And I will miss the chaos. The sticky watermelon drips. The laughter. But a love rooted firmly in the Word of God–that lasts longer than a life time. That’s forever.
Every girl needs a school buddy!
He loves his map studies