It’s the first day of school. 11:06. I’m still in my pajamas. I finally sent my children off for recess. I don’t have a regular plan for recess. But this year seems to be anything but normal. I only started school today because my children were begging. I am so unprepared. We started the day by cleaning out last years school boxes and organizing last year’s binders. Then I put them all aside to be stored. We filled up this year’s school boxes with this year’s school supplies. (Usually they’re laid out neatly at each child’s place to greet them when they first come down to school. This year they were strewn about the school room still in Walmart bags.)
When we finally sat down to do school, we started with Character/Bible. And a memory verse. A good way to start the day! I sent them off to do math, while I created divider tabs for this years notebooks. Then handwriting. Shoot… my 5 year old finished her handwriting book. I have to order a new one. Then grammar/phonics. As of 45 minutes ago, I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish Illuminations Year 2 or just move on to Illuminations Year 3 and get a fresh start on the year. I looked at all the literature we’d be skipping and decided to finish ILM2. So much for everything lining up in a nice, neat fashion.
So it turns out that really, I sent them off for recess so I could figure out what to do next. Now that I know we’re going to finish ILM2, we can do history next. I ordered the next read-aloud.
Today, it would be easy to feel like a homeschool flunkie, but God offers me so much grace; it’s time to offer some to myself. So far today, my children have been constructive, they’ve learned about loyalty, they’ve worked on a memory verse, they’ve learned, and now they’re building a fort. Together. Those are some of the biggest reasons that I homeschool. That is homeschool success. Just because the day doesn’t LOOK like I think it should doesn’t make me a failure. I do hope I can sneak my shower in, though…