There's no denying that the sweet days of summer have come to an end. If you don't believe, just peak out the window..
We officially start Grade One tomorrow, although himself doesn't really know that I actually started it at the end of June...just didn't call it by name. We did homeschool throughout the summer, just a lighter version of it, enough to keep the routine in place and to avoid the loss of skills.
It's amazing to me the difference that a year can make, and I don't just mean Aiden. I feel a lot more relaxed going into homeschooling this year, and I know what the difference is. It's no longer unknown territory for me. I know that it is great, and I know that it works. I also know a gazillion other people who are doing it, so I don't feel like quite the renegade that I did last year.
I have some goals for myself this year... Firstly, to relax, enjoy the beautiful experience of home education, because even though it is a lot of work, it is truly worth it. I know we will achieve all the outcomes, and I know there will be good days and bad days, I plan on enjoying and celebrating the good days, and taking the bad days with a grain of salt. And moving on.
Secondly, I am working hard on always letting himself know what to expect, and what is coming next. I have found that this has helped enormously with behaviour. It's the classic use of visuals, schedules, checklists, etc. Helping him avoid "not knowing" and having to worry about new events and activities. It really does take a load off.
Thirdly, I am going to let go of a lot of uneeded stress I put on myself. If an upcoming event seems like it will be too difficult to manage, I am giving myself permission to avoid it. Socially, we're doing great. Why sabotage that? I will keep pushing for social experiences, but I will find the ones that are good for us. With no apologies.
Grade one...here we come!