We’re into our third week of the new school year, and when people ask me how the year is going so far, I literally laugh. Seriously. It’s either that or cry, and I don’t really want to freak anyone out, so I laugh.
no joke, friends, we’ve seriously gotten off to a very rocky start this school year. But it’s ok, because I’m handling it very, very well. I’m smiling through every obstacle that comes along, and I’m looking forward to what each new day is going to bring. When I chucked our spelling curriculum last week, it didn’t bother me AT ALL, and when I chucked our grammar program yesterday, no sweat. Oh, oh, and the tears and whining that I’ve endured from certain unnamed children in my home, LOVE. IT. And I can’t forget some of the behaviors that I’ve had to address….makes.my.day. Never mind the fact that we’re never starting at the time I have planned for us to start, nor are we accomplishing subjects within the neat and tidy time blocks that I’d imagined we would (I knew there was a reason why I hesitated to print out a copy of that beautiful schedule). It was a beautiful thought, really it was. And it looked so nice written down on paper. Oh, and math class, TOTALLY AWESOME. I mean, who would’ve thought that my two youngest would sit so still and quiet as they’re squeezed next to each other, listening quietly (quietly is the main word here) to their math lecture on the computer. It’s amazing, folks, it really is. I mean, I am stunned. And I totally love all of the exercise I’ve been getting as I dart from one kid to another, helping one while another one repeatedly calls out, “I NEED HELP”. Did I mention that they CALL OUT LOUDLY rather than calmly and quietly letting me know and then waiting patiently for me to get to them? Yeah, it’s lovely, just lovely.
Did I mention that sarcasm is my second language?
In all honesty, it has been a rough few weeks, and I did in fact chuck two curriculums already. Seriously, I did. But I’m okay with that.
on the flip side, God has been showing me a lot of things through this bumpy start, and I’m learning a lot.
I’ve learned that it’s very easy for me to buy certain curriculums just because I heard it worked well for some other family. But you know what else I learned? We’re NOT that other family. And just because a certain curriculum sounds awesome, that doesn’t mean that it’ll be awesome for us. I’ve realized now, that before I purchase a new curriculum that I’m not familiar with, I need to pray about it and give it a lot of thought.
I don’t know why I get these crazy notions to change everything up and try doing things completely different than what we’re used to, when what we were doing was working just fine. Ever heard the phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Yeah, well I need to adopt that motto. No joke.
you see, fellow mommies, God made us for the exact babies that he gives us. He made each family a certain way, and what works for one family doesn’t necessarily work for another family. And that includes school curriculum; take it from me!