In facing the coming school year, I am once again hoping to keep things as simple as possible. That is a pretty difficult task but am going to try. I've decided to begin by putting a small stack of curriculum thoughts/books on the table with a name on them and decide if it is a reasonable amount for said child and then.......perhaps I am going to pack every single other book which might tempt me to divert from the plan, in a box and have someone hide it from me. Succeeding to focus has always been a challenge. Succeeding in not having too high of an expectation for my school year is also a problem. What *if* I decided to accomplish the smallest amount and actually get that much done? Even then I probably wouldn't get it done. Sigh.
I am thankful my eldest at home will be with Wittenberg Academy this year and he seems to be building enthusiasm for the year. That will relieve some of the pressure off of me and I always love to see him enthusiastic about anything.
The next oldest has much to do but hoping that keeping it simple and him accountable will help. VERY DEEP SIGH. Again.....the hope is if the plan is simple and can stay consistent, then perhaps we will see more in the line of progress.
Progress with the five and under children will be reading more consistently with them and actually planning perhaps one fun thing for them to do a week. The seventh and eighth children are on the cusp of reading. Will I get there and actually blow off their math life? Don't try to do any math Karin!!!! Stick with the literacy thing and it will all be easier!!!!! Cuddling up with books and talking with them sounds like a lot more fun anyway than chasing the homeschooling dream of sending them to college at a super young age. Hopefully by the time number nine is ready for that I don't push him to leave for school too young. That is another blog post which probably will never happen. Maybe.....
I better go make dinner.