Well, it’s that time of year…. the end of school. How do you know your school year is over? When do you stop? Some school throughout the summer. I applaud them… but could NOT do that myself. I need a break as much, if not more,than the kids, haha! We will read through the summer… I’m not that nice 🙂
I am a goal-oriented person according to my natural persuasions. I like a goal. I find great enjoyment in setting a goal, working hard and seeing it accomplished. The problem with my being so goal oriented is that I tend to shy away from something if I can’t see a clear end point.
My mother was an incredible seamstress. We never had an abundance of money as I was growing up. Somehow my tastes never got that memo and I always seemed to pick (still do) the most expensive item in the store. I’m just drawn to those things. I remember walking through the isles of stores we could NEVER afford to shop in with mom. We would look at all the fashions and I would say, “I like this bodice, this skirt and the little details on the sleeve of this one…” She would make a mental note and we’d go home, buy some fabric and she’d be off. She was a perfectionist. Her work was nothing less than art. She taught me how to sew… all the basics… but I am SO impatient. Back to that goal thing… I want to start the dress and finish the same day… and I DON”T want to rip out a seam to save my life. So I don’t really sew. I mean, I made my daughter an outfit to wear for a Living History camp-out… nothing Mom would be pleased to present :)…
So back to homeschooling: There IS an end point to each year. But when do we get there and how do I know when we’re there? My philosophy is “When you’re done, you’re done.” Typically this time of year I will go through their school books and determine how much they must complete to be finished. Some books they will be required to complete, some I will pro-rate. Either way, I’ll set the goal and they will charge ahead to the finish line.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.