Today I'm excited to be participating for the first time in The Homeschool Village Blog Fair, a meme aimed at connecting and encouraging the hearts of homeschool Moms across the blogosphere.
This week's topic is:
How do you - Mom - take a break and get refreshed for the upcoming homeschool year?
In a nutshell...I GET AWAY!
Temporarily, that is. :)
In the past this has happened in several different forms and fashions including:
• a half-day at any place with food, beverage, and wifi
• an entire day at the above-mentioned place
• an afternoon at the library (I know, no food or drink here, but sometimes I need access to the books to plan.)
• attending the Mid-West Homeschool Convention
• an overnight retreat either by myself or with hubby - preferably some peaceful place out in the country
What I do while I'm away:
• Spend time talking to God and meditating on His Word
• If Kurt is with me, I obviously dedicate most of the retreat to investing in our relationship, which in turn almost always helps me to be a better Mom. However, my hubby is a huge support to my homeschooling efforts, and he doesn't mind if I do a bit of planning while he kicks back with a good book or in front of the TV.
• Reflect on the previous year of homeschool, taking into account what worked and what didn't, and develop an idea of what I want the upcoming year to look like. I really like to remember what we accomplished and think about all of the reasons that Kurt and I have chosen to homeschool.
• For each child I like to re-evaluate goals from the previous year, and make a new set for the coming year.
• Map out the general "flow" of our year...decide on the history and science topics we'll cover in our unit studies, choose the composers and artists for our fine arts studies, and make a list of any curriculum we'll be using.
When I am able to get away, I never finish all of the "school" stuff that I've listed, and honestly, the first two bullet points are the most important - in that order. If homeschool begins to take priority over my relationship with God and my marriage, then everything else goes tubing anyway. (And, yes, I've let that happen at times in the past, and it ain't purdy!)
This year I was able to attend a homeschool convention, and Kurt and I went away for two days to celebrate our 12th anniversary. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) I have to tell you, though, I'm currently in need of a few hours to get away for a mini spiritual retreat...maybe an afternoon at a coffee shop or local nature trail with my Bible and journal in hand. I'll let you know when that happens.
Be sure to stop over at Layton Family Joy to see how other homeschool Moms get refreshed.
Praying that you find refreshment and rejuvenation for your coming homeschool year,