The quickest way to calm the crazy that happens around back to school time is through naming your essentials and making space for them. There are so many great opportunities for homeschoolers these days that it can become easy to add on one more subject, another co-op, more books, new outings! When you add in all the (spoken and unspoken!) expectations pulling at us, it’s no wonder things feel overwhelming.
Kendra from Lazy Genius says that the antidote is in
- naming what matters
- removing what’s in the way
- keeping the essentials
For my money, it’s those first two that are most important–name what matters and subtract the rest. One place I am putting this principle to the test is in high school planning. In my state there are blessedly few high school graduation requirements. But that lack of direction opens up way too many possibilities. I want to make sure that our kids are ready for college. But I also want to make sure that my requirements leave them with enough time and energy to work on things that are important to them.
That’s what matters to me. But how can I make space for that? I’m using Jane Kenyan’s advice to writers to guide my choices:
“Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books.”
This advice is not a prescription, not a recipe for turning out perfectly cooked graduates. Instead, it’s an easy way for me to remember what’s most important and to make sure my curriculum and scheduling choices align with this vision.
Did you notice the spiffy new blog design? I am probably a little too excited about this serif font! We are still moving the furniture around here, figuring out what goes where. If you find places that need attention, please let me know!
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