This is what my mornings look like these days:
It’s a big change for us.
This time last year, I mentioned that Nate and I had decided on a new venture that was sure to make us crazy. (Well, mainly me crazy.) But nonetheless, last year we decided that, given our current options, it seems that homeschooling is the best choice for our family right now. So I spent the last year researching, talking to some veteran homeschooling mamas, and doing some “practice days” here and there with the kids to see what they thought. (Munchkin Consensus: YES PLEASE!)
This summer, however, the twins turned 5 and Luís turned 6…which means it’s time for REAL kindergarten, not just some fun practice days here and there. So “the playroom” transformed itself into “the schoolroom” as we hauled out the toys and hauled in the curriculum, books, and art supplies. We put a big star on the calendar for September 14 and declared it “The First Day of School.” A late start, but we had to get our Colca Canyon and Sacred Valley trips out of the way first. And here in Peru, the first day of school is usually in March (the school year runs from March to December), so our calendar is completely out-of-whack as far as they are concerned.
Now we are about a month in, and things are going better than I expected. It didn’t take us long to get into a good rhythm, and I think we are all benefiting from having a solid morning routine for the first time.
And while we are off to a good start, I’m a little nervous about the rest of the year. With our impending HMA (Home Ministry Assignment) coming up–more on that later– I have no doubt that our routine and schedule is going to get bumped around a bit. And by “bumped around,” I mean demolished completely. Somehow I am going to have to figure out what homeschooling will look like with an insane travel schedule while we continent-hop. My goal at this point is just to finish a curriculum year within an actual year, however that ends up working out.
And as I mentioned, the Peruvian school calendar is different from the US calendar, so there’s always the question of which calendar we should stick to. Or maybe we should just have year-round school with short breaks whenever we need them? Who knows.
And there’s the ongoing issue of making sure I’m far enough ahead in my planning and preparations that I can order the supplies we need and have them brought down in plenty of time before we need them, which means that I’m already having to start researching and making decisions on first grade materials. (…and also experiencing deep denial that my children are old enough for me to consider looking at first grade materials.)
All that to say…. we have one month down, and I’m pretty proud of that. I have no idea what the rest of this year will look like, or what new complications or considerations will arise. But for now, we have jumped in head-first, and we are loving it!
Here are a few more pictures of our first few weeks… Hover for captions, and click for larger view or slideshow view.