Wishing you all a wonderful New Year, my dear readers, and praying much grace to each of you as you enter into all that this year holds for you and your family.
But about 6 months ago, I sensed some shifts and changes in our homeschooling. And, in all honesty, I could not quite put into words what I was experiencing. I found myself sitting alone in our homeschool study while my teens were doing their own schooling. Somehow it felt so right and I humbly agreed to hand over more choices and decisions to my teens.
And it didn’t all work out perfectly.
My confidence floundered as my 17-year-old approached the end of the year without completing any of her end of year exams as planned. She is using an online course and I could not assist her, nor figure out why she was not progressing as she should. It even led to a crisis with my hubby who felt that I had “dropped the ball” in her education. I shed many tears in frustration and a sense of failure. Sigh. Then I breathed deeply … prayed and trusted … and I hope that she will complete her course by May this year.
I sadly let go of reading aloud with my 14-year-old as she withdrew into her own space and pace. I felt her resistance to my more hands-on approach and I had to form a new relationship where she could be accountable and I could regularly check her work and progress.
There has not much to show of all these shifts and changes on this blog … no pretty new free pages, no new free downloads nor wonderful words of encouragement … and I have even pondered the future of Practical Pages. Bear with me as I adjust my focus and find my new purpose and vision.
So as I enter into 2017, and as I gain some clarity and insight, I would like to share a series of high school homeschool encouragement that I need myself …
Until next time, bless you all.