Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Part 'yikes', part excitement! We're starting back to school on Tuesday, and I am ready....I think! We school year-round to allow more flexibility in our schedule, but we do take the month of June off. It's just the right amount of time to give us all a mental break from bookwork and schedules, and allow us to feel rejuvenated and ready to begin again. It's also a great time to fit in VBS and swimming lessons. And I am so grateful to the Lord that my entire morning sickness time has been while we have been on break. I don't think I could've managed much school at all, at least cheerfully (!), during this time. I am feeling almost back to normal, though still more tired than usual and have some nausea in the evenings. (My morning sickness is usually evening sickness.)

Once we begin Classical Conversations again in August, I'll have to revamp our schedule, but I think I have it nailed down for the rest of the summer. If anyone's interested in seeing it, I can post it another time. If not, I'll save myself some typing. Leave a comment if you'd like to see it.

Here are a few of my resolutions as we begin a 'new' school year.

  • Now that I have 5 children schooling, I am going to have to be a better time manager! This means, for me, getting up early enough to have my quiet time with the Lord and have myself dressed and ready before the kids. I am more able to greet kids with a smile in the morning if I have had sufficient time to wake up myself before I see them.
  • Also on the subject of time management, I have found I must shower at night. This may seem like a silly thing to prioritize, but if I don't take care of this in the evening I will likely 1. cut into our school schedule and much time is wasted while I'm unavailable, or 2. not get a shower at all. I'm guessing that Kevin likes it when I'm out of pajamas and fresh when he gets home. :)
  • I've worked into the schedule to give the littles my time and attention first. This is actually quite challenging because I often feel pressure to work with the older ones because their work load/work difficulty is greater. I do not want to neglect my babies, though, and I'm going to work hard to not allow this time to get squeezed out, as often happens.
Diving back into homeschooling makes me realize that I need the Lord's help to accomplish this momentous task! It is such a joy to be able to teach my children at home, but if you're a homeschooler you know it's also a huge job that comes with huge responsibility. My prayer is that this year I will grow in the grace of the Lord, and show my children the love and patience and care that Christ shows me.


Anne said...

Candice, I would love to see your schedule, but if it's too much for you to write out (esp. if I'm the only one), we can talk about it another time. I would like to shadow you sometime too...I keep thinking I have plenty of time before I really need to think about schooling, but I'm thinking it will probably sneak up on me faster than I'm anticipating! ;)

Glad you're starting to feel a little better. We're praying for a smooth and healthy pregnancy. :)

Dana said...

I showered in the evening when I had multiple little ones. It saves a lot of time in the morning! Plus, a shower in the evening might give you a chance to relax while doing so. When I showered in the morning after hubby was gone, I always wondered if anyone was crying while I was in the shower!

Melissa said...

I would like to see your schedule. I'm going to try an Ambleside approach to education this year and I'm a little nervous about scheduling.

I too am glad you're feeling better, and I'm soooo happy for you!

Summer said...

Hi Candice! I also would love to see your schedule! I love getting ideas from other people and I'm also just curious as to how you do it. Glad you're feeling better. BTW, what's that notebook front and center on the table? Is it a lesson planner or something for the kids? Just curious. Thanks!

Candice said...

Hi, Summer! It's a planner I put together and had printed at Office Depot. I think I discussed it last year here on the blog. I'll try to find that post and link to it. Also, I'm happy to post my school schedule...just need to get around to it! :)

Candice said...

Here's where I described what's in my planner, Summer:


I really have enjoyed having it!