Last year, I blogged about Sabbath Schooling (that’s teaching for six weeks and taking the seventh week off) but I made it clear I did not apply it literally in our homeschool. This year, I decided to take it seriously. I dislike burnout as much as anybody else and taking breaks more often seems to be the formula to keep burnout from visiting us again and again.
Of course, the children love it. They work very hard and a break feels good to them, too. Am I working them too hard? I don’t know. But they are getting older and starting to complain about school. It’s a sign I must be doing something right. Maybe. At any rate, my mission in life is not to keep my children happy. It is to make them competent.
We still do our daily devotional and instrument practice (violin and piano). We still read books together. We still attend their orchestra practice, violin lesson, piano lesson, soccer practice and tae kwon do training. But it makes a big difference that our mornings and early afternoons are “free time.” We make sure they get fresh air by playing outside and limit their computer time.
The surprise? They want to do history. They like it so much, they do not consider it “school.” They asked me to read them a chapter a day from The Story of the World volume 3. This is great news because on busy weeks we might have to skip history and focus on math and language arts. Since we get a chance to skip ahead, hopefully we will not get behind in history like last year.