The last time I posted was in early February, about a month before the whole world changed. At that time, the boys and I were just getting back into the swing of homeschooling after the holidays. I was looking forward to CL’s early February birthday (my baby turned 14!). We were enjoying church every Sunday. We were looking forward to new classes, and upcoming spring field trips. The gloomy days of February were trying at times, but knowing that soon it would be Spring, and time for outdoor activities and trips, made it bearable.
Then mid March happened. Suddenly, all homeschool classes were canceled. Our parks and libraries closed. No movie theaters, restaurant lunches, or field trips.
I felt very fortunate to be a homeschooler. I watched my friends on Facebook who have kids in public school struggle to find a new routine. Struggle to teach their children after being thrust into that position without any warning. Though losing our outside classes, field trips, and visits with friends was extremely hard, school went on like normal, and that felt like a gift.
We dove into schooling, though I did cut back on some subjects. We continued with Gather ‘Round, and eventually moved from Europe to Earth Science. I scrambled to buy things to keep the kids occupied at home. Sidewalk chalk, squirt guns, and a second tree swing so LL and LW didn’t have to fight over the one we already had. I dusted off board games that had sat untouched for many (many) months.
The boys all handled the change very well. LW actually thrived through it. He discovered a love for being outside, and spent many hours on the trampoline or swing. Over and over he told me how much he loved being at home, and not having to run around as much.
School is over for us. We didn’t quite finish most subjects, but that’s ok. At some point you have to say “DONE” and take a break. I am proud of us for completing as much as we did, considering what all has been going on. CL and I will continue reading through his history book this summer, but that’s something we both enjoy. School will start for us again in early August. Earlier than we usually do, but with the lack of our usual summer activities (our pool isn’t opening this year), it feels like the right choice. It will give us some wiggle room for the upcoming school year, and allow us to be done in early May next year.