No matter what curriculum I use,
or how well I plan,
or how carefully we keep to our schedule,
when I look back over my planners, I notice that some of our extra subjects fell to the wayside or were not thoroughly or regularly covered.
Not the IMPORTANT stuff. (Remember, I wrote about how to recover from disruptions?)
It’s those little extras. The full program.
It is not a secret confession. I’ve admitted once before that we never did formal physical education … for a whole year!
But, when you intentionally schedule the minor subjects and electives …
much more can be done.
What do we do this year that we sometimes did not cover in previous years?
- Memorizing Scriptures
- Hymn Studies
- Famous Artists and Composer Studies
- Nature Studies
- Time line and Book of Centuries
- Sewing and Needlework
What do I still want to do more regularly?
- Public Speaking and Debating
- Typing and Keyboard Skills
- Physical Ed (… no. This is still not happening…)
- or Charlotte Mason’s recommended Swedish Drill (which I downloaded and tried …a good idea, but not great …yet?)
- Brain Gym and Thinking/ Logic Skills
- Field Trips (if only …)
- Shakespeare (I keep meaning to add this.)
Here’s what I’m telling myself:
- Pray and ask the Lord to show me what He wants me to teach and do.
- You’re NOT supposed to do it all. It’s IMPOSSIBLE. period.
- Seasons, Nadene, homeschooling is all about seasons. Ages and stages decide everything.
- Focus and add just 1 extra subject this week/month/or term.
- Don’t compare yourself with other moms/blogs/friends/ curriculum packages (yes, even Ambleside online.)
- Focus on realistic goals.
- Your children are young. There is plenty of time. Years ahead to still try to cover other stuff.
- Enjoy what works for you and the kids. Let them grow up loving art/or classic music/or poetry/ or whatever. Build on what makes your family buzz.
- In the end, does it really matter? Isn’t homeschooling cultivating a lifetime of learning? A young child will not miss Shakespeare, but a high schooler can read and really enjoy his works. And any adult can read his plays with great enthusiasm.
- Find others who can help teach this for you. Another homeschool family may flow in areas you cannot. Drink from their fountain of ability and gifting.
I wrote this post without anxiety or fear. I wrote it because I reviewed my previous term’s plans and updated my records and plans for the new term. I noticed that some subjects needed to be properly scheduled or we would not do them.
And I share this post to encourage some of you who may feel uncertain or discouraged. You may also be asking yourself, “Are you doing enough?“.
Homeschooling is a rich and wonderful journey. Just like an overseas trip, you will never ‘see’ it all. As long as you all build memories that will last forever, it does not matter if you didn’t get the full package.