A while back, I wrote an article about how we homeschooled year round and loved it. In fact, that was 4 years ago. Since then, many things have changed. The kids are getting older, we’ve added another kid, this teacher is getting more tired, and life has happened.
Even though we do still love taking breaks throughout the year when places aren’t as busy, we find that having a summer break for mental health reasons is so needed this year. As I type this, we are wrapping up our school year with about another 2 weeks to go. I am already feeling so done. I want to close the door to the school room and run away!
Don’t get me wrong, I like homeschooling and love being around my kids. I just find that when everything doesn’t revolve around school, our relationships with the children are much easier. It’s hard finding the balance being both mom and teacher.
This summer we are taking a much needed official break. We have an end date and the kids know that on that date, mom is going to cease being teacher.
I will not check any more work. I will be done. They may not finish every last page of their books. And that’s okay. My high schooler may have to pick back up on her math in the fall. That’s okay as well. We want to have fun and enjoy the kids.
School isn’t the end all. Relationships matter. The kids matter. My sanity matters.