As I plan next year’s homeschool, I have found myself reading blog after blog and article after article, trying to get ideas on what I want to incorporate into our school year next year. This can be fun and I’ve gotten some great ideas! However, I have noticed that it has the potential of making me feel inferior or disorganized. I am trying to not be caught up into feeling as if I need to be like these families I have read about.
However, I sometimes wonder how good we look on paper compared to the reality of our day. Though we have an ideal day, and sometimes we ALMOST do it that way, most days are filled with reality. As I read other blogs and articles, I try to keep in mind that this is probably the ideal as well and not necessarily the norm of one’s everyday homeschool day.
I try not to feel like I have to keep up with the homeschooling Jones’ and be perfect, per se. We are far from perfect, God certainly knows that, and I know that. But when we spend the 3rd day not fitting in our foreign language and another day of dropping the craft I had planned, and being interrupted from our story time again I wonder how “normal” we are? Am I failing as a homeschooling parent or just living a typical homeschool day that includes the daily distractions that life brings?
I have this vision of our typical day. It comes with a sunny beginning, joyful math problems, peaceful reading time, and a schedule that stays on course completed in time for a quiet time and a nice nature walk in the afternoon. Well, obviously, that is rarely the case, though all these things happen on different days.
As I continue planning for next year, which incorporates a major change in our homeschool, I continue to read blogs, books, and articles in preparation, trying to keep what I’m reading in perspective. I’m also trying to keep reality in view as I plan, not planning and expecting too much, which is in character for me.
What I’ve determined after weeks of reflection and prayer is that we’ll never keep up with the “Jones’.” However, I know that we have found a groove in our homeschool that works for us and we get done what needs to be done and we will this year too. Some days we even stay on schedule and have all the boxes checked and are at the park relaxing with dinner in the crockpot, thinking about how we actually made it work today!
How do you fight over planning and high expectations?