Do these kiddos look happy, or what?
Their mama looks every bit as happy too!
We have officially finished our 2015-2016 school year.
(While the bigs took end-of-school-year pics, the littles were doing this:)
Because this is the best way to watch Backyardigans, amIright?
We went out to a "fresh Mexican" place last night to celebrate being done with school.
This was our 8th year of homeschooling. And honestly...it was our hardest year yet.
There are many and varied reason for this...some obvious, some not so obvious.
We have a 1-year old and a 4-year old in the house. (duh)
Not so obvious:
Learning disability/differences for one child (What I had already been noticing was confirmed during last year's standardized tests. We did more testing, and we've had to change things and been working on ways to address this all year)
Challenging behavior (from one of my children in particular)(this is one of the main reasons we're doing GAPS again now)
Put these things (and more) together and it means that the nice way we'd been homeschooling for the previous 7 years was simply not working anymore.
So we made a curriculum change halfway through the academic year. (From My Father's World to Mystery of History).
And then changed out another part of our curriculum about 2 months ago. (From Teaching Textbooks math to Saxon.)
I am praying and reading and praying and researching and praying and talking with other homeschool moms - and praying - about what we need to do next year.
Because "Next Year" is really just another way of saying "2-3 months from now"...because if I say "2-3 Months from now", that might make me freakout.
I have had to do some real soul-searching, and all of this has prompted me to lean harder on the Lord (which is a great thing). And I need to do that even more.
Because never in the first 7 years of homeschooling had I ever considered putting my children in public school. And I absolutely did consider it this year.
But when it comes down to it: I know that I know that I know that we are supposed to be homeschooling.
And so, I will pray.