My husband and I are supposed to be at a Homeschooling Conference today, but once again, life had other plans for us. So I will be spending a good part of my weekend concentrating on our plans for the upcoming school year. We will have a kindergartner, a first/second grader. (he’ll be doing first grade work in some areas, second grade in others.) A solid second grader, a fifth grader, and a seventh grader. Add to all of that the sweet little people we will have running around: a 4 year old, 3 year old, 14 month old, and in a few short weeks, a newborn. God is so good to us.
I spent the early hours of this morning revamping our homekeeping duties to reflect the shorter, more structured days, and more time spent at home in the cooler seasons. I have simplified our meal planning on a three week rotating menu that everyone has agreed upon. I re-assigned kitchen duties to suit who will be home when. (Three boys are in Conquest, and our oldest daughter will begin her first year of Challange Club.) I have divided out some of the basic household chores so all of the children contribute to keeping the house in decent working order.
Now it is time to concentrate on our academics. We will be enrolling our 7th, 5th, and 2nd graders in Seton this year. It is a big change from our usual ecclectic hodgepodge of resources that we have drawn from. The structure seems to be what my 7th grader craves, what my 5th grader needs, and I think it will be a good move for my 2nd grader that completed the CHC second grade lessons last year. (I use the word ‘completed’ loosely, we deviated from the lessons plans in many ways, yet always using them as a guide.)
Mary will be the fifth child that I will homeschool for kindergarten. While we will loosely follow CHC here again, I have plenty of resources on our bookshelves to draw from. She is so very eager to learn new things and master new tasks. I really look forward to watching her blossom.
Isaac will also follow CHC’s second grade lesson plans. We will probably follow these pretty closely for him, as he thrives in structure and likes to have his tasks neatly laid out before him. He will be preparing for his First Holy Communion later next year and I firmly believe that when it comes to sacrament preparation, CHC cannot be beat!
I have some very specific goals for each child, and then some very specific goals for the entire family. I will delve into some of these in a later post. I actually expect many of my upcoming posts to focus on our plans for next year and our preparations for welcoming a new little child into our family. While all of this overwhelms me at times, I know that my worry accomplishes nothing. I am trying to to keep the words of St. Benedict , (a heavenly intercessor that has been very present in our family this year!) in my thoughts, “Ora et Labora!” – “Pray and Work!” I trust that God will supply me with all of the Grace and strength that I need to raise and educate my children for His glory. What He wants, I want. It’s that simple!