For those of you just waiting to hear a progress report, the school planning is going extremely well. I got the year planned out on my software. Now I am arming myself with knowledge about our first couple weeks of history, and I need to begin my Latin II studies ahead of my pupil.
I swear I did not learn history in school. (Or perhaps the history learned in school was so dull that I was talking to my neighbor.) History has all been new to me. This is a benefit since I am genuinely enthusiastic and awed by so much that I am learning.
I did get a couple comments reminding me to take time for myself during this week. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I am going to have tea with a neighbor today, and I’ll be shopping for my son’s birthday gift (he turns 11 next week!). Beyond that I am determined and focused to get all I can completed within this limited time.
To me, this time is a precious gift. I have chosen and am enjoying this planning. While my keyboard has been busy entering data, my pen has also been busy making notes. Many of the thoughts I have written are tasks for me to improve upon. I see through the ink that I need to be more proactive, and more responsive to my students’ schooling. I need to be more involved. They are capable in accomplishing much without me, but they will actually learn more if I am an active listener, an accountability partner, and an angler.
angler, n.: 1. a homeschool parent that introduces a new point of view or perspective by directing pointed questions towards the student 2. somebody who fishes with a hook, line, and rod
Yes, I’ll be doing much more fishing this year. Can’t wait to see what I catch!