Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe it’s the last Friday in March. Where has the month gone? I’m okay with it going by so quickly, though, because I’m ready for spring! I mean, I know it’s officially spring, but I’m ready for it to feel like spring. We’ve had some crazy weather this month.
On Tuesday afternoon, it started snowing like crazy! It was these big, fluffy flakes that, had it been colder, would have had me worried about driving conditions. It was in the forties, though. Yes, forty-something degrees and snowing like crazy. Then, the sun came out – while it was snowing! It melted right away, of course, but it was something to see.
I think the biggest relief of the week might be the fact that we got our taxes filed on Monday. I have never, ever put off filing this long. I must have said no less than a dozen times on Monday how relieved I was to have that out of the way.
The following photo shows a scene that I have so been enjoying lately – my view in the afternoons:
I get to actually get real, live work done while my kids work independently nearby…or in their rooms or in the living room. After years of mom-intensive homeschooling, these years of increasing independence are so welcome. I’m not going to get too lax with my youngest two, though. I made the mistake in High School Round 1 of thinking that the ability to work independently meant that my input wasn’t needed. That is so not true.
Our independent learners still need us to continue being actively involved in their educations. Yesterday, I shared tips for staying involved with independent learners.
You know how sometimes you know something in your mind, but it hasn’t quite reached your conscious level of thought yet? Yeah, I had one of those moments earlier this week when I realized that Josh is going to be in high school next year. I mean, I knew that, but it just hadn’t fully hit me yet. Ugh! Even though I have an outline in my mind, it’s time to start doing some serious planning.
It’s also time to consider how much I want to separate him and Megan. They’ve always done school together, with the exceptions of math and reading, since they’re only 21 months apart. It may still make sense to keep them together for history, science, and probably writing, but there are points for separating them more, too, such as the facts that they need to be able to fully work at their own pace and I don’t want the extracurricular activities and opportunities of one to derail the other’s school day. There is much to consider.
For those of you with kids who have schooled together, did you begin to separate them in high school? Any tips?
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