After getting through the last few weeks, I’ve found myself at the homestretch of finishing up this homeschool year, planning out vacations and now beginning the first stages of planning out the next homeschool year.
Our typical homeschool year doesn’t necessarily follow our county’s school year anymore. We used to stay somewhat along with the holidays and break times, but over the years we have learned how to adjust it to our growing family needs. Our children take more days off during the school year for various unplanned outings, so we have to make up those days by adding to what most schools would have finished by. (we have almost 2 months left) I used to dislike this, but as I’ve grown accustomed to it, I’ve learned to really enjoy it. I do, however, always try to have at least one FULL month off before school starts back up again, so somedays we will add school during a Saturday to make sure we are making up any lack of work due to some kind of extra activity. I was worried our children would hate this, but they don’t seem to mind, especially if it gave an impromptu break.
The month off break is actually more for my own sanity than it was intended for the kids. However, It benefits us both, so win-win. Thinking about homeschool related “things” ALL the time can really boggle down my brain at times, so I like to start fresh before a new school year. I’m not trying to say that I’m extremely boggled down by homeschooling, but it is a weight that sits on my shoulders.
This upcoming school year I will also officially have a HIGH SCHOOLER!! I am in the process of trying to narrow down our options, I already have an idea of what I want to do, however, I am a person who likes to research everything before I make a final decision on what I want to do. I even brought up the possibility of sending my son to a Private Christian school for High School, however, he was the one who asked to continue to homeschool. Part of me wants to guide him in independence away from me, and thus going to high school may benefit him particularly, however, if he wants to continue to homeschool, I can still teach him independence, I’ll just have to accomplish that differently. I also think that He wants to continue to homeschool so he can play more golf. And hey, if he keeps it up, who knows, he might be able to get a scholarship.
It just a crazy thought to me though, I have only 4 more years to impart so much. I don’t expect my son to fly fully away from me when he hits 18, however, the reality of how little time I have left before he leaves my little home nest is really starting to hit me hard! 4 years. Only 4 years. (I may need to stop writing about this now, as I feel the anxiety creeping in!! I’m gonna have to do this in spurts!) If anyone is praying, please lift a few up for me in this area, please!! It’s a scary time for me. As he is my first. Hopefully, it will get easier as it goes. However, no one has ever told me so.
I think I’m gonna go take some deep breaths now…