Wow. A year has passed.

I started this blog last year with the best intentions, really I did.  
But last year kinda bullied me into submission.  I barely finished school with the boys, 
Gracie is now officially 'done', having taken her SAT and soon the GED.  
Jason is in private school now, having come here thru March.

As I contemplated a new year, I decided I needed to SIMPLIFY both my day and the boys' day.  In the spring I looked into Time 4 Learning, an online curriculum, and decided that was the way to go.  

Then the siren song of Sonlight, Michael Clay Thompson, and other big-promising, guilt-inducing, teacher-intensive programs snagged the attention of my squirrel brain.  
We began in earnest this week, and yesterday hit a wall.  


Some things that became crystal clear by 10 am:
1) My boys don't like me teaching them.
2)  My boys don't like school
3)  I'm pretty lazy and unorganized
4)  I'm kinda over homeschooling
5)  They love the computer  (ding ding ding!)

With that last realization, I took a nap.  
When I awoke, I grabbed my credit card then signed up for Time 4 Learning.

Cheesy Ed Mouse made me happy.  
I like happy.

I suppose I could choose to feel like a 'less-than' homeschool mom, 
but I actually don't really give a crap at this point.  
It's either let them do school online, or send them back to school 
(which has a plethora of other issues I don't have energy to cope with in this season of life.) 
 I won't bore you with the stress I've been under this last year, but suffice it to say, I need to streamline and de-stress as much as possible.  

I'm hoping this new online learning stuff will free up my time and energy enough 
that I won't burn out as quickly, 
and I might even get to do stuff I've always wanted to do with the kids but never got around to doing (reading great books together, joining some clubs and co-ops, etc.)

Of course I'll be writing up a review of how Time 4 Learning is working for us as we get into using it more. 

And so, with that, I'll sign off and oversee the chores my boys are currently avoiding.

1 comment:

SaDonna said...

Hey there Cindy.. I 'have' missed seeing your posts. You helped me get started a year or so ago, answering questions and such, and I just loved your blog. Still do! I hope that things improve, and I just wanted to check in and say hello to you! Take care of yourself and the rest will come. ;-)