I’m running a little behind on getting this post out. As usual, although I intended to be a blog writing machine during my break from school that hasn’t really panned out in reality. Oh, well.
2012 was a really good year for us. SO I really want more of that.
I wrote these goals out over the summer in preparation for the new school year, but since I haven’t really given them much thought since then it seems like a good time to actively start trying to actually focus on them.
My focus going into 2013:
- Keep letting go. This year my anxiety levels have been pretty minimal. I don’t want to back track. I just have to remember to not get so caught up in the day to day crap, notice how I am feeling about life and do what I need to stay happy. Let go of other people’s expectations for me, but probably more importantly the expectations I place on myself.
- Fight less. I really want to minimize the amount of time we (my family) spend being snappy with each other or having full out brawls, so I’m trying to pay attention to our triggers for negative behavior.
- Remember, I don’t have to do everything! Less is sometimes more. And sometimes less is all I have energy for so it will just have to do.
These are more centrally focused on our homeschool:
- Be more open to on-the-fly learning. I have to be less focused on trying to plan everything out, and being MORE available to the needs of always curious children.
- Support more independent, student-led projects and learning, which is why I’ve completely cut Fridays out of our regularly scheduled school so that they have a free day where I can stop focusing on the stuff I feel like they need to be learning and can ask, “What would YOU like to learn about today? What do you want to explore?”
- Foster entire family participation in activities. I would really like to find ways to get Michael more comfortably involved in our homeschool.
Today, we had one of those rather perfect homeschooling moments. While we were cooking dinner, my kids were in the back yard doing this…
Later, I told Haden that what they did on the seesaw was Math, and he just looked at me all confused-like. 😛