The day that I have been dreading is upon me at last:
Today I will start homeschooling five of my children.
All at once.
With a two-year old (Marie) and a hyper-active 8-month old (Grace) in the wings. [said 8-month old is currently on my lap, tearing apart my desk and trying to get at the keyboard. Just a few minutes ago she managed to climb onto the dishwasher door and unscrew the Jet-Dry compartment TWICE in under a minute while I was trying to clean up the kitchen. This gives you an idea of what I’m up against.]
I’ve got a 5th grader (Sean),
a 4th grader (Reilly),
a 3rd grader (Kathryn),
a 1st grader (Christopher), and
a Kindergartener (Thomas).
I usually like to have ALL my goals and objectives written out, and everything planned before I sit down and start teaching for the year.
This year, it didn’t happen.
I have found that the whole IDEA of teaching five has been so overwhelming that I’m just paralyzed. My brain isn’t functioning and I can’t put much down on paper.
So, we jump in.
Today I will find out what sort of general schedule will work for me this year. I will figure out how to have decent catechism discussions with each of them… how to walk Reilly through division while directing Sean to his science reading and teaching Christopher and Thomas the phonograms and working with Kathryn on her spelling and giving Marie something to do so she feels like she’s homeschooling… all while trying to keep Grace from hurting herself.
Lord Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day…
The responsorial psalm for this morning said:
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
I heard it said that a sacrifice is something difficult and not necessarily what “feels good” to do. Those who praise Him when it is difficult (instead of screaming and tearing our hair out in frustration) glorify Him. So it is my hope that we will be able to do this today in the middle of what looks to be a very difficult day!