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A new beginning

This school year has begun. We started adding small tasks two weeks ago and will be adding one more subject starting Monday. Challenges for this year: homeschooling a high schooler, tutoring in our homeschool community, and teaching Sunday School to 5th graders. All brand new, never before experienced by me ¬†adventures. I can’t wait! I am up at odd hours in the night creating flash cards for quiz club, putting together binders of information for teaching and the finishing touches on lesson plans. Going into our 2nd year of homeschooling, I have decided to try a new approach. This year I will be doing more reading out loud, more reading to the children and more of the children reading to me. We are currently reading Little Pilgrims Progress. There is nothing better than all four kids in one room, some plied on top of me or each other, others involved in a task pretending not to listen, absorbing great literature.

I am already seeing disorganization creeping around the edges of my spread sheets as I look at random icons on the desktop. Is that file for school or church or that job I quit last year? My mantra is “God’s Peace is with you” and the scrambled up icons fade into the background as those gridded lines come back into focus. We have had some interesting discoveries about stress in our family (more to come on this topic) that have led to need the constant reminder of God’s Peace. It would seem my moderation is out of whack. In time it will settle back down, what is new will become routine and I will be looking again for the next adventure. For now I remind myself that I can’t learn Latin, Greek, and Advanced Math in one week and that rest is a priority.

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