We’ve submitted our grades for 3rd and 4th quarters and so, we’re officially done with schoolyear 2013-2014! Yup, school’s over and that’s because I said so! That’s one big advantage of homeschooling. We can decide when to start and stop doing the paperwork (but NOT the learning, of course!) and consciously pinpoint what areas in our life need our time, attention, and priority.
Well, our current status is…WE NEED A BREAK. We need to stop. We need to relax more and take care of our total well-being. If the body gives in, then the mind and spirit will soon follow. It’s been a really tough schoolyear for us, especially when January 2014 started. We survive our packed regimen every week, with trips to Manila every Friday (or Thursday) and back to Batangas on Saturday evenings or Sunday. While in Manila, every Friday, we hop from music classes in the south to the driving range in Pasig, to math tutorial, to our new place where we’ll be moving in soon (I didn’t expect setting up a new home to be sooo demanding and draining of your time and energy, especially when you live so far away from it! I hope to be able to blog about this in the future), to the grocery and the many little errands in between that leave us exhausted at the end of the day. Saturdays is when the girls go to their sewing class and where other activities get squeezed in. Don’t forget to add two major stress factors, namely, traffic and looking for a parking space!
I would have ended our schoolyear by end-March or early April just like how we’ve done it in the past. I, however, noticed that we all were dragging ourselves out of bed and struggling to do “what we had to do” each day. We were all moving on a turtle pace and my giving of deadlines to Arielle and Kayla was just not working. TOTALLY NOT WORKING! I was becoming cranky. The girls were not receptive to what I tell them. We were all looking and feeling spaced out. I was getting sick often and so absent-minded despite having reminders on my phone and planner. Now, that is totally NOT me, being Ms. Organized. So, that’s when I decided to just STOP being enslaved by strict schedules and requirements. We HAD to.
The girls are currently still working on their books but on a more relaxed pace and giving priority to Math, Science, Reading and Filipino (just to finish reading Ibong Adarna and Noli Me Tangere, in English, and know the entire story!). Summer is just around the corner and soon, we have to work out a new set of logistics and schedules. They have a high school homeschool camp next week and fashion show coming up, too (Yes! The kids from Sew Easy will be modeling their own creations! A first!).
With the change that we had to do in our homeschooling and various summer activities to look forward to, I am just so thankful that we have the option to make decisions where we freely take charge of the kind of lifestyle we would want to have and enjoy.
How about you? How are you doing at this time of the year?