Here it is at the end of June and I don’t think I have even had a moment to recover from this past school year. As you know we don’t “officially” school in the summer, but spend time trying new things through camps, road trips, or some days just a hike. But I tell ya, I haven’t even looked into my crystal ball to see what’s coming for August and that is SO unlike me. I’m one of those that have the texts for the coming year picked out by April and by now normally have at least the first month planned, but this year (7th grade) was tough y’all. It wasn’t just some of the academics were tough, but dealing with a middle schooler who oozes across the counter top when I mentioned the term “math”, or did everything but what needed to get done. Sigh. I’ve heard the stories about teens and maybe somewhere deep inside I thought I might escape that truth, but someone is laughing somewhere if they watched my reality show this school year. In retrospect, I know where it could have gone better and been done differently, and believe me I am already making plans to correct that this coming year, but what I don’t know is when I am not going to feel so tired from it! Do anyone of you homeschool but feel like you’re never home? Yea, like that.
So here I sit, finding strength in my coffee, trying to get back on track and figure out which part of the mountain I start climbing first. For those of you beginning the middle school years, the most unsolicited advice I can give you is to allow yourself extra time to finish assignments. The work takes longer to process and some days the tantrums are reminiscent of a toddler (I say that lovingly). There’s a lot of emotion here and not just from having to do schoolwork. So I wish you the strength of a village and to keep in mind there are survivors that have come before us 🙂