This week was Spring Break for the local schools in my area. My kiddos wanted to know if they had a “spring break.” They don’t. I reminded them that they take off the whole month of December for Christmas, therefore they do not need any more time off. (HUGE let down for them 🙂 ) However, between doctor appointments, client meetings, childbirth classes, and food poisoning, we did not even have a chance to do any school work! So, yesterday, as I was finishing cleaning the house for a childbirth education class, I had the boys work together to bake a cake and create cards for my aunt (their great-aunt) who was recently diagnosed with AML-leukemia. While they created their cards, I read them history of St. Patrick’s Day, which they loved. The finished their cards and decorated their cake with green icing in celebration of this holiday. We sent the cards off in the mail, and I began preparing for my class that was shortly to arrive.
Homeschool doesn’t look the same for everyone. Yesterday, for us, it looked like baking and arts and crafts, listening to a story, and cleaning. However, baking a cake required reading, measuring, converting factions, mixing carefully, working together and not fighting, patience as the cake cooked, and even more patience as it cooled. Creating cards required drawing shapes (for my preschooler), being creative and artistic, caring about someone else, remembering scripture (this was a huge part of it as we included our favorite scriptures to send), spelling, and learning how to mail a letter properly. Listening to the history of St. Patrick’s Day, while interesting and fun, required the skills of listening, hearing, comprehension, being quiet and still, and question answering. Cleaning required them to follow directions, and they learned a very much needed life-skill. So, while our day and week may have not been what I expected, they did learn a lot. (Which is the important thing for me, as a homeschooling mom.)
When my husband came home from work, he loaded them up and took them to our old house to stay the night and have a guy’s weekend (while I taught my class). After the childbirth education class was over, I was able to sit and talk with a friend and a new couple for a bit. I then ate supper in bed and watched Netflix. I was able to wake up late, get a shower, and do some reading. And while it isn’t “Mother’s Day,” it feels so good just to have a day to myself! I am so grateful for my husband who actually enjoys spending time and working with the kids. They are tilling up a garden to plant fresh fruits and veges for us for the year! (Another learning experience). Again, homeschooling comes in so many forms, and as long as your kids are learning, I think you’re getting it right. ❤
Don’t forget to take some time for yourself though. While we may try to be “super-moms,” balancing work and homeschooling and wifely duties, we are still women who need a break. Take the break. Relax. Do something for yourself. Everything will be waiting for you when you’re done 🙂