Please comment and let me know if you can relate to this first-day-of-school scenario!
I wondered how the moms were doing, did they take a lot of pictures, did anyone shed tears, what cute things did they pack in the lunch boxes, and mostly, how does it feel to experience the <em>freedom</em> that comes from having someone else care for you children for a large part of the day?
Don’t get me wrong. I love homeschooling. For thousands of reasons. But some days I wonder what it would be like to have a quiet house for the day. I like to fantasize about what I would do. Would I relax and read? Would I write? Would I go back to teaching and actually make a real salary again? Would I go get a different job? Would I take riding lessons again, get another horse? Would I finish this Ph.D. in half or a quarter of the time it’s been taking me now? Would my house be cleaner? Would I be more organized? Would I just rest?
A friend once told me that she felt that one needed to “be called” to homeschool and I believe this is true. I have received that calling but sometimes wish I hadn’t.
Today we began our Monday morning like we always do with snuggles, breakfast, a short play time then our circle time, story and learning time. By 9:45 this morning it was already clear that we were not having a smooth flowing morning. My eldest was already lying on the floor tantruming, her sister close behind, and I was ready to quit. I threw up my hands, walked out of the room to regroup and suddenly it hit me: we can have a Do-Over Day!
So I returned to our learning area and explained the concept of a do-over. This was met with enthusiasm and smiles and we continued on. What else could we do?
I can’t say that the rest of the morning went smoothly right away. It didn’t. We actually needed three do-overs today; but that’s okay because we homeschool and we CAN have do-overs! We can regroup as many times as we need to during the day.
Oh, and I burned the dinner just now as I was absorbed in my writing. Some days are just like that. Time for yet another do-over I guess.