This can be a tough time of year for homeschooling mothers; serious burn-out and lack of motivation seems to prevail. Our minds sometimes are more on our seed catalogs and what to get for next year’s curriculum than the here and now.
I think this a great time of year to stop and take stock of where you are in your homeschooling, where your children are, and what are the essential things to get done before the end of the school year. I also think it can be a nice time of year to plan some things for outside once your weather cooperates and to think of the DOING and the experiences one could create with your grades children, and how to bring awe and reverence to the younger children.
I think every year it is also wise to look at each child, to look at their homeschooling adventure this year and to decide with fresh eyes to homeschool again. To really commit to that with a new heart, a new love. Do you have a mission statement for your homeschool? Are you happy overall with the way things have progressed in your homeschool this year? What needs to be different?
If you are not homeschooling, perhaps this is a wonderful time to re-commit yourself to your family. Write that family mission statement or update it. Commit to that date at home with your spouse after your children go to bed. Commit to that Family Game Night with the kids! Connect with each other and love each other!
And dig deep within yourself; replenish that well. Spend time in creativity, and with good friends and build yourself up. Think about what your dreams are, and whilst this season of child-rearing is busy, perhaps there are ways to work toward your dreams in small increments. I just signed up for an Internet course that I am very excited about, for example. It is a small, do-able step toward my eventual goals.
What are your dreams? Journal, draw, write it all down.
Happy Spring Cleaning!