It’s that time of the year again. The time when I back over the school year and realize that we didn’t even use a quarter of the wonderful ideas that I had planned. The time of the year, when I realize that though I feel like the year just started, it’s really over half finished. YIKES!!!! The time of the year when the boys and I are stuck in a rut and are looking for a way to climb out of it. It’s the time of the year that I look back over what we’ve accomplished so far and have regrets. Regrets that we’ve not been as hands-on this year as we usually are. Regrets that I’ve not included the boys in the school prep this year as I have in the past. It’s a time of regrets, panic, and mourning. A time of coulda, shoulda, I wish that I woulda.
The awesome thing about this time of the year is that it brings revitalization and life back into our schooling. We discuss what we’ve done so far. What they’ve liked and what they don’t like. We discuss how to change it up and get out of the rut that we’ve fallen into. There may only be three and a half months left before we to meet with our homeschool evaluator (per our state’s crazy homeschool law but that’s a post in itself.) but we can totally switch gears for this last three and a half months and bring new life into our studies.
The winter blues are a blessing in disguise for the homeschool family. They force us to take invatory of what’s working and what isn’t. They provide an opportunity for us to tweak what we are doing and bring new life into our homeschooling. So the next time the winter doldrums come for a visit, we’ll welcome them with open arms knowing that when they leave we’ll have some new and exciting things planned.