I am not a person who makes resolutions. Not the ‘this year will be different’ kind, anyway. For one thing, I am so blessed in my life there is not much I would resolve to change. I am grateful every day for all I have.
However, since we are not schooling this week, I am doing prep work for the coming semester, and sometimes that is a new years’ resolution in itself. By this time, I had better know what’s working and what’s not working this school year. I’ve ordered yet another chemistry book and I think we’re going to be very happy with it. The geography binders are working wonderfully. Art history, though I’m still working on it week by week, is teaching the boys lots about both theory and history. We’re actually reading music, something I never thought I would get to learn to do. And I think I’ve mentioned our reading of Oliver Twist enough for you all to know how superbly that is going.
Still, I’m not finished with the study guide. (Oh, Procrastination, you are my friend.) And I really do need to spend some time coming up with experiments to augment our chemistry lessons. And it’d probably be a good idea to get a couple weeks ahead in art. So, as always, my work is never done.
But that’s okay. It is the job we take on when we decide to homeschool. And even for that I am grateful. Not only do I get to teach my kids with a depth they would never receive in public school, but my own brain is constantly working, constantly learning–going, going, going. My sister would say I am staving off Alzheimer’s.
Don’t fret if instead of getting downtime in this post-Christmas period you are working harder than ever. It’s the mark of a good parent, a good homeschooler. Be thankful you have the option and always, always remember why you’re doing it and who you’re doing it for. And don’t resolve to be better or different next year. Keep doing what your doing and your children will excel because of it. And be safe and happy and grateful no matter what year it is.