Tuesday, September 13, 2011
A Different Year
So....my life has been taking a new direction these days. It certainly has a different feel to it. With two older children not here in the daily dynamics of the household, and just two younger boys 24/7, it's a change for sure. I realize how much busyness happened the last 15 yrs in our daily homeschooling lifestyle! Wow! A lot of work for sure! Now, this year isn't anything like I had thought it would be. We are rather free this year; as I did not spend the tuition enrolling formally in home study program we use. We are still utilizing the lesson plans of the program, with very few adjustments. But because we travel to so much therapy a couple times a week now - and this will continue throughout the school year, I just couldn't bear the stress of being quite so accountable/documenting school for the program. It's enough to have to follow protocol and documentation for the state of Ohio at this time. So in a way, it feels good to be "free" from that particular aspect, free to move about without the pressure of deadlines and accountability.
The boys have started school and are really liking what they are doing. I will just have to enforce us sticking to it. It will seem like a lighter year than most, but because the program is so accelerated to begin with, they are likely to remain right on course.
So, as I prepare to face the day of school and therapy today, I keep our progress and successes in mind. I still feel so blessed to have the option of home education and the freedom in this country to do so as I see more of a need of it in my younger two children. They are growing healthier and happier - and with their special needs, I wish to continue to give them uniquely and individually all they need to grow into independent adults capable of being responsible for their selves in this tough and challenging world. I hope and pray.....
Have a beautiful day wherever you are!