If I’ve learned one thing after three years of homeschooling
Wait, scratch that. Start over.
If I’m still learning one thing after three years of homeschooling, it’s that less is more. We have workbooks and unit studies and experiments and read alouds and a morning basket and memory work and copy work and and and…
The days we try to cram it all in to feel like we accomplish something often result in tears, tantrums, and slammed doors (and I don’t mean just the kids). As we wind down to the end of this school year – 10 weeks to go, according to our planning system – we are taking a softer, slower approach to a few of our mornings and are seeing great results.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, all four kids are home all day. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the two big kids and the baby are home (our three year old attend a morning preschool on our ministry campus). On Fridays, it’s just me and the baby as the big kids are at a casual co-op on our ministry campus, and the three year old is at her preschool. Can I get an amen for Fridays!?
This past Wednesday (a day with all four kids) we took the slow, soft approach to school and it was miraculous. After about ninety minutes of Morning Basket, the two big kids worked together on an Easter Egg Spelling game.
Then we tackled one of our all time favorite activities – dying eggs! We decided to use only primary colors, dye the eggs, and then switch them to a different primary color to see if we could make secondary colors.
The worksheets stayed filed in their folders. Pencils didn’t leave the storage shelf. We sorta made a mess, and we got a little loud.
It was peaceful, fun, and full of learning.
Other days will look different, and those pencils will find their way into tiny hands as we tackle spelling words, math problems, and handwriting. On this day, I cherished how I felt when school was over and know that slow & soft is worth it.