Tonight I'm going to write about our week last week of homeschooling. But I feel the need to tell you that the events that took place on Friday in Newtown, CT, have weighed heavily on my mind for the past three days. I've hugged and kissed my boys so much this weekend that they've started walking in a large circle around me to avoid anymore squeezes. The tragedy has broken my heart, like it has so many others. Yes, our lives still carry on in this house with all of the things we are trying to get done, but that's because my kids don't know much, if anything, about what happened. Because in our school, we're all safe and together everyday. And I thank the Lord for that.
We close on the new house this week and with our trip to visit family fast approaching, our school days are becoming shorter and shorter. This week, will be even more chaotic, but I'm pretty sure that will be the case for the next several weeks as we approach holidays, a homecoming, and a home moving. :)
The boys have had a little time to get their school work done. Actually, they have plenty of time to get it done, but don't stay on task well if I'm not hovering over their shoulder. I've got a mountain of boxes to pack so I can't stand beside them each minute of their school day. I'd like to say we could get some school done while we're traveling across a few states, but I doubt that will happen. I might glean a few tips from some roadschooling folks, but I'm not anticipating getting too much done--regardless of how many hours we spend in the car!
This week, I had a few people approach me about homeschooling. I LOVE to talk about homeschooling. I know I make it sound really easy (when on one hand, it is and on the other, you feel like you might possibly pull your hair out), but I definitely want to give people the encouragement they need to get started. One lady was concerned about getting started with her visual-spatial learner. I naturally suggested that they check out Time4Learning and even try it out for a few weeks because I thought it could be a good fit for her daughter. I know not every curriculum is for everyone, but like many other homeschoolers, I share what works for us, what didn't, and why.
Tomorrow, and every day this week, will be mind-numbingly busy...leading up to two very busy weeks in Ohio while we try to cram in as much visiting as possible with everyone...and then moving, moving, moving when we get home. But everyday, I get to spend the day with my boys. And everyday, I get to be so happy that they are home with me.
In my thoughts and prayers you remain, those whose lives were forever broken in Newtown.