Our first subject week was Physical Education; my husband took my son to the pool at the park. Yes, I counted that as P.E. class. My husband works 14 hour days, often, and I wanted to allow the boys to spend the day together.
We started with Mathematics, English, and Science for the first week, with plenty of reading. Again, I wanted to ease into it, so we began with a lot of review and practice. Our days have been starting at 9 o'clock, after my husband leaves for work, and certain chores are done. Since I had been busy with last weekend's ministry outreach (A.R.M.O.R. OF GOD Camp Out), I didn't do much planning beforehand. I made the necessary copies the same morning of the lesson, and my son was happy to be able to work at his own pace, read on the couch, and move ahead if he wanted to.
Another subject I am looking forward to, is art class. There will be plenty of projects to work on for the upcoming ministry tea party! The extra help will be appreciated! Ha-ha!
This week welcomed Language Arts and History. One particular day was challenging because my son is not too fond of coming up with his own stories or poems. Well, that was one assignment on the agenda this week, and he asked if he could skip it. I, of course, said no. I reminded him that just because he's at home and I'm his mom, it doesn't mean he will be skipping the tougher subjects and projects. He was not happy. He struggled and cried in a bit of frustration, but he finally got inspired, got the work done, and school was done for the day. Phew!
I told him, "I'm not going to threaten you with sending you back to school, because that's not going to happen. We're going to work on the things we struggle with, do what needs to get done, but take breaks when necessary." Thankfully, he agreed and understood.
I caught myself thinking, "What if we have more days like this? We have between 5 and 7 years left of this. What if I can't handle this, emotionally?" I quickly told myself, "Well, STOP right there!
This is how it's going to be:
I CAN do this, depending on God's grace.
We WILL have tough days- that's okay! We will overcome.
Though some days will seem eternal, time will fly by and this time is precious!
We have the flexibility to take breaks when needed.
I am blessed to have a supportive husband.
I have been called to do this. God will equip me.
This is already happening. Make the best of it."
I look forward to the coming weeks. While our schedule is not written in stone, I suspect it will become more structured in the next few days. I am determined to not feel stressed over it, although we do thrive on a scheduled day. Every family is different. Right now, this not-so-strict schedule will have to do, as I find what works for us. I realize how blessed I am to be enjoying extra time with my son.
We get this short period of time (really, it does fly by) to influence our children and enjoy them. I plan on doing just that, for the glory of God.