July 8, 2014
There isn’t a lot to say about the picture above except, “What a mess.” And really, the picture doesn’t do it justice because you can’t see the pile right by the door, the pile of pencil shavings I found under another pile of clutter, and the slew of costumes we had hanging in the closet.
This is the school room on summer vacation.
But next week, we start school for one of our students and I know I won’t be as productive with my new student if I/we continued to let the mess fester. So yesterday I cleaned the closet, 2/3s of the floor (yes, I vacuumed the pencil shavings), and dug out two bags of trash. The costumes from the closet are currently in bags in the living room, since we need to sort them and cull out the ones that are too small or not used.
Today my time in the schoolroom will be limited (it’s Tuesday, so it’s library day!) but I’m happy with the progress. Getting ready to start school next week… well, I’m not as gung ho about it as I thought I would be.
Tebow’s going into Kindergarten!
My kindergartner conquering fears.
I keep reminding myself the mantra from Fuller’s Kindergarten year, “It’s only Kindergarten.” But my mantra isn’t working because the stream of anxiousness keeps saying over and over: Tebow is the second child and Tebow is the one who can’t read (Fuller could read before Kindergarten, but don’t compare Tebow to Fuller!) and our school year isn’t going the way Fuller’s did and I’ll be juggling two students, not just one… the rabbit hole gets a bit darker from there.
I feel like this week isn’t just about digging out the mess, organizing the shelves, and making sure I have enough pencils, but really, I seem to be psyching myself up for being Tebow’s teacher and remaining to be Fuller’s teacher. I know as the tide rises and our schedule falls into place, things will settle down in my mind.
I have been reading Tsh Oxenrider’s Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World and I reread the section on education a few times. As she reminds herself to go back to what is best for her children and for her family, I too remind myself of our reasons for homeschooling.
freedom to choose our children’s curriculum
freedom to choose our schedule
freedom for our children to learn in a style suited to them
student teacher ratio
Ok, the last one isn’t a great reason for why we homeschool, but I do see it as a great benefit to the homeschool lifestyle, because I truly believe children need as much sleep as they can get. (In fact, this morning Tebow was up at 6 but not ready to be up, so I sent him back to bed and now, he is still asleep.)
But even if today I’m not psyched to start school next week, in the fall when we take three day weekend to travel for football I can look back on my small list of reasons and I’ll be psyched we chose this path again. Who knows what the school room will look like then?