Last night I was going through and organizing work books and making sure I had some sort of game plan, but recognizing the need for a go with the flow attitude. I was anxious and excited about this next step toward full-time living. We opted not to go with a specific curriculum because we want our travel to dictate more of what we learn so the experience helps to solidify the knowledge. We found a few workbooks at our local teacher supply store and will use those to gain a better understanding of where each child is academically.
Throughout my time as mother I have home-schooled one or two children, but never all five of them at once. I was definitely nervous, why I have no idea. I have been to school and to university and graduated. I have learned a lot of things, but realize there is still much I do not know.
I set my alarm for 7:00 am, read my Bible, perused Facebook, got up, washed my face, got dressed and made my bed, all without being interrupted by my 5 beautiful children. I knew if I wanted the chance of a good day, I needed to have myself together first. The children were waking up as my hopefully new routine was ending and then noise began. Anticipation filled the RV as we finished up breakfast.
As I passed out the workbooks, the children were apprehensive, yet eager to see what this unfamiliar home-school had in store for them. Most with bright eyes and smiles worked through the earmarked pages; with fist bumps, high fives and hugs we celebrated each completed page. Two were so not so enthusiastic as they struggled through their assignments. They saw the joy others had, and longed for the same feeling of accomplishment. The exasperated sighs let me know that some adjustments will need to be made. But we worked through the difficulties and made it to the end.
Today cemented in my mind that all children learn differently and there is not a one size fits all solution. My children’s abilities range from special needs to gifted and talented and each child requires something different. I feel so blessed to have to opportunity to give them what they need. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
So today, was a successful day.