I'm bringing back one of my favorite posts from last year for the few of you who might have missed it...because, it's February. Again.
I freely admit that February has always been my hardest homeschooling month. Never fails--every year my motivation grinds to an ugly halt around the second week in February.
In August I can hardly wait to get started...fresh lesson plans in hand, stacks of new books and supplies at the ready, idealistic goals for the creating of multiple geniuses....ah, I can almost feel that rush now.
September and October usually clip along with me checking off every subject on every student's assignment sheet every day, re-evaluating and fine-tuning the plans each Friday afternoon. November is usually more of a challenge as we lean into the holidays, but my resolve is still strong into the first week in December. Okay, so maybe we usually do stop for Christmas a week earlier than what is entered on my Edu-Track, but hey, the holidays bring all sorts of opportunities for learning, don't they?
So after a three or four week break, I'm ready to go again in January. I've usually spent a few days updating the plans and adjusting what I think we'll manage to cover, and there is a sort of secondary "rush" that I feel when getting started on the second semester of the year.
I get to about the 5th of February and it's like something alien has taken over my brain and my willpower! IS IT MAY YET??? Okay, well, isn't it even spring break yet? PRESIDENTS' DAY? GROUND HOG DAY? PLEASE! Some one give me a reason to take another month off! The plans start sounding like Simon & Garfunkel....you know,
slip slidin' awayOkay, so I just gave away my age. But in February I feel twice my age anyway, and that's downright scary.
slip slidin' away...
you know the nearer your destination
the more you're slip slidin' away.
So around here we're in the region of schooling by the seat of our collective pants, looking at the calendar and counting the days until Memorial Day. Well, maybe May Day. Or Easter. When is Easter this year? Oh, well that's way too late. Which President had a birthday in March? Yeah, him! I've always admired Martin Van Buren and I think it's high time we gave him the honor he's due, maybe with an entire month of celebration and meditation and REST! YES! That's it!
Okay, so it's now less than a month until Van Buren Day....I think I can make it!