I have a homeschool friend and mentor who gave me some great advice
that has helped shape our homeschool days.
"Nothing is more important than reading and fresh air.As long as those two things are present, they will learn."
I remind myself of that often.
I regularly find myself wanting to plow through the workbooks and textbooks.
I tend to measure my "homeschool mom" success based upon how far we make it through textbooks.
When I get in that rut, I find myself saying,
"Nothing is more important than reading and fresh air.
As long as those two things are present, they will learn."
Golly, it's so true!
Ella devours books.
That didn't happen because we made it through the phonics lesson plans.
Sure, she can read because we made it through the textbooks,
but she doesn't love to read because of that.
She loves to read because it hasn't been a chore for her to check off of her schedule,
but rather something she saw modeled and eventually began to enjoy.
We take breaks sometimes.
On Wednesdays we have co-op,
so that means we have an intense morning of learning
and follow it up with a full afternoon of learning.
We all love our co-op,
but it is a busy day for us.
That meant when Thursday turned out to be an amazing fall day,
the older kids played outside and explored the old veggie garden
instead of spending the morning in school.
It was so nice to smell the fresh air on them when they came inside.
When Friday rolled around,
they were relaxed and ready to go all over again.
Note: We don't ditch school for lovely weather all the time,
but it was just what we all needed-- a break.
School mornings in our house are intense and structured,
and even I need a breather from time to time.
We didn't take a "full-on" summer break until right before Julia was born in early July,
and then we did a little school every day through the month of August.
So no need to worry about our homeschool progress,
we are right on track! ;)