End of Homeschool Year Blues
It’s the end of another school year – one of successes and shortcomings. When I look at all that didn’t get done, I can feel defeated. There are many mountains we have not yet begun to climb with the kids – mountains of basics, character, work ethic and more.
On a tired end-of-the-year day, I am discouraged. My focus is on everything that has yet to be done. I recall the disruptions and distractions of the year and sigh. Will we ever get it all done?
The reality is – probably not. It will never get all done, the kids will never learn everything you want them to, they will face adulthood with their weaknesses. The question is this: Have I encouraged their strengths?
Have we taken time to explore who they are and how God wired them? Maybe they weren’t gifted with the “math gene” but are gifted artists. Maybe the details of grammar escape them, but their imagination allows them to dream the dreams of a future we cannot see. Have these strengths been nurtured and encouraged?
Take a break. Talk to the kids about the things that went WELL this year. Hug them and tell them how very awesome they are and how blessed you are to teach them. Take a moment to celebrate another year of learning, loving and living together.
You will feel renewed at some point. Get some rest, have some fun, do something for yourself and relax. Then you can return to planning the lessons for math facts and teaching grammar.
Savor a moment.