Monday, January 9, 2012

New beginnings...

Last week was our first week back to school after the Christmas break.  We all came down with this head cold and let's just say, it wasn't the best week in the world.  I took some steps back and looked at how our school days were going and decided things needed to change. 

To be honest, I've let my kids work too much independently lately, especially Tera.  I had noticed she'd be in her room most of the day working, never showing me her finished work- just checking it off her list of to-do things.  Quality was really suffering.  So school had become a checklist without accountability from me.  I cringe to think of my laziness in this area.  But there it is in all it's ugliness- I had become lazy.  We all had fallen into a rut. 

Well, this start of a new semester is the perfect time to get us all back on track.  I changed some things, lightened the load in some areas, gave them computer work again, and took out some things that just weren't working for us and added some other things.  Today was our first day on this new schedule and I feel like it went very smoothly.  I had lots of one on one with each of the kids.  Michael seemed to be more content today, too.  There was enough variety in the day that it passed by pretty quickly and I saw a whole lot more of Tera.  That part I really liked.  I've missed her. 

I'm taking one week at a time...but I like our new beginning. 


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