We are winding down our school year this week. As much as I love homeschooling and know it’s right for our family, I’m relieved. The Homeschool Conference is coming up, and in anticipation of that, I find myself looking forward to next year even before this one is over.
That’s a big part of why I’m ready to be done, I suppose – because before I know it, the time will be here to begin again.
I look forward to enjoying a nice break this summer. I always do. Not only will it be a time to recharge for the next year of homeschooling, but it will also be a relaxed time of memory-making and family-building. (Oh, and house-building, too!)
I expect that this summer will see us frequenting the pool (gotta love that season pass!), firing up the grill (there is no steak in Des Moines like my hubby’s!), and, of course, watching our new house rise. (You can watch, too, by following me on Instagram and Twitter @AngelaRSquires and by subscribing to this blog!)
We probably won’t plan on taking much of a vacation this year; all these other things ought to be fun enough. (Besides, we don’t want to be away from the build for too long!)
But first, the NICHE Conference – which is actually a bit of a vacation for us in itself. We send the kids to Grandma and Grandpa’s for a few days, and we enjoy a time of reconnecting over booths full of books and sessions full of sage advice. Maybe not everyone’s idea of an exhilarating couple’s weekend, but it is for us.
I need the encouragement this year, too. Every year around this time I start freaking out a little bit on the inside, wondering how in the world I’m going to manage next year’s homeschool. Each year seems to add a little more work – a little more time commitment – and I always wonder how I can possibly do more.
Then the time comes and somehow I do it, usually better than I’d hoped.
Still, I worry. This time it’s over the idea of having two in Kindergarten – and not just that, but having two learning to read. I guess teachers handle far more than that in the classroom, but for me it’s definitely going to be a learn-as-I-go kind of thing. Will we make it through? I’m sure. I just don’t know how yet.
So, what’s been on your mind as the school year winds down and summer break approaches?