Fall is such a wonderful time of year. The leaves change, the air is crisp and clean, and the sense of “beginning” is on our minds. The weeks leading up to school after our summer break are full of anticipation, shiny new books, science experiments waiting to be completed, and daily schedules ready to be implemented again.
It’s very easy to fill those shiny new days of school with field trips, activities, and curriculum plans (as I have done), and those wonderful crisp clean days can quickly becoming overwhelming (as they have become for me).
Here we are, seven weeks into the school year. I had the opportunity this year, to attend a wonderful homeschool mom’s retreat an hour and a half away from home, at a lovely cabin on a lake. The focus was on the Phases of Learning, by Oliver and Rachel DeMille. The women in the group were all so knowledgeable and encouraging! The conversations had throughout the duration of the retreat were life changing. It was really wonderful to hear what other moms do in their schools at home. My goal for this weekend was to get a grip on my “overwhelmed” feeling. I was hoping to gain the courage to do the Six Month No (Ingredient #7), but that didn’t happen. Something else happened that was even better. I realized that we need to go back to our core stage, and implement a morning routine that we can stick to.
Now, we’ve only been doing this for a short time, so I’m by no means an expert. Judging by the past few days though, this idea to revert back to the core stage is going to work fantastically. Millie is my early riser. She is in charge of making sure she has eaten, dressed, and read a story out loud with her sister before I wake up at 9. At 9, I wake up, have breakfast while they read quietly, and then we start Kid School.
The amazing part, is that since implementing this, I haven’t felt rushed or stressed.
I’m so thankful for Fall, and new beginnings!