Is it possible to be a dedicated homeschooling mom while still making time for myself as an individual (a girlie girl who likes cute shoes)? I like to think so. Follow along, and I'll let you know for sure.

Trust me . . . it's not ALL about the shoes.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

I'm feeling like I missed a major learning opportunity with the passing of the 4th of July holiday. My intention was to have my USA unit completed by late June, so we could dive in before the 4th. Instead, the month of June flew by, packed with birthdays, holidays, teaching and work, and here I sit on July 5th with my USA unit being no more than a good intention.

Since I'm trying to go easy on myself and go with the flow a little more these days, I'm trying to make this the only time I beat myself up about not getting this done. Instead, I'm planning to embrace summer, since that's what seems to be coming our way. We have a trip planned later this week (a long weekend in South Carolina for my brother-in-law's graduation party), and Noah is signed up for two weeks of camp when we get back. So despite that fact that I have another month of curriculum planned, I think I'm officially giving over to summer fun - and hey, one week IS a science camp!

So instead of kicking off a new unit study, this 4th of July kicked our summer, which I imagine will consist of lots of learning - just unscheduled and outside the classroom. It was a fun, full day, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the summer being the same.


  1. I'm glad that you are giving yourself a break, Jess. You are a perfectionist like me; honestly this perfectionism is one reason I have been thinkging that homeschooling might not be the best idea for us (me, really). I find your blog very encouraging ... :) Sarah B.

  2. Thanks, Sarah! Honestly, the perfectionism thing is one of my main reasons for homeschooling - the old "if you want something done right, do it yourself" philosophy. Don't know that I could give up that control; I'm just working on figuring out how to keep myself sane in the meantime. :)