Since most of the 4 moms of many are rapidly becoming moms of more than before, (Congrats to Connie on her new daughter, to KimC on her second SON and to me for making it to the last few weepy weeks of this pregnancy ) we’ve decided to take a temporary break from 4 Moms, 35 Kids for the summer.
We’d love to hear your topic ideas for when we begin again, so feel free to share those with The Deputy Headmistress (who has a helpful post about school supplies up today), KimC, Connie or me.
I didn’t want to just leave you hanging this week, so since I’m not kissing on a newborn or even in labor, I thought I’d join the Homeschool Village in their topic for the week. The question is:
What do you – homeschool mom – do to get refreshed for the next school year?
If you’ve been reading Raising Olives long you’ll know that we homeschool year round. We homeschool year round for several reasons, but the one that applies to this topic is that we love homeschooling, I am refreshed by homeschooling and being with my children. The children enjoy learning, I enjoy teaching them and we love being together.
Some of this probably has to do with some of the things that make our homeschool unique and our general plan for homeschooling. We focus on relationships and character, don’t “school at home”, use very few workbooks, text books or busy work and adopt a lifestyle of learning.
We learn by reading, talking, discussing and exploring our world together as a family. We don’t get tired of that!
We do take occasional breaks from some school subjects to focus on other subjects or to tackle family projects, but even then we are still educating our children. No one ever takes a break from teaching their children about God, working on character and relationships. Math, science, reading and the rest are wrapped up in these things, they aren’t found in text books on a shelf somewhere.
When we’re on vacation, camping or at the beach, we continue to read our Bibles each morning, work on memorization, have family worship, read aloud and talk, talk, talk, those things are part of our life, not just part of homeschooling.
What are your secrets to staying refreshed as you homeschool your kids?
I am not counting down every single day until this baby is due. How much longer??