Six Weeks In

I haven’t blogged in weeks.  Or maybe it is months.  I can’t keep track, which is why I haven’t been around.

We are six weeks into our school year.  I am not only homeschooling my oldest three (and trying to do a little of something with my preschooler), but I am also helping homeschool my niece and nephew.  I was nervous about how I was going to do it all, but the reality is, it is going better than I could ever dream.  We are finding things that work, some that don’t, and learning what our priorities are. The kids bicker, they compete, they work together, and I am having a blast watching it all.  Sometimes I sit back and wonder why it is I get to do this.  I can’t imagine a more rewarding job.

Some things I have learned are:

The house does not stay clean.

Some boys can sit still and work and some can’t.  Come in my home and watch them. My 2nd grade nephew can sit and work and focus (with random comments thrown in about legos), but my 2nd grade son enjoys working while standing on his chair and turning in circles.  We are working on that.

Girls want to color.  A lot.

Sharpening pencils is everyone’s favorite activity.

I am becoming the queen of multi-tasking. Teaching 6th grade math and 2nd grade language arts and kindergarten science and preschool math.  Nooooooo problem.  As long as I can randomly stand up and say “ONE AT A TIME!” loud enough that I get 10 seconds of silence to clear my mind every once in a while.

Lunch is messy.

Kids are dirty.

Cousins feel like siblings.

God’s grace is here everyday.

We don’t have it all together.  I get irritated when days don’t run smoothly. The kids fight and don’t write capital letters at the beginning of sentences, but the most important thing I have learned six weeks in, is that I love my job.  I adore all my students and actually look forward to each day.  What will I hear today?  What will I learn from them today? How many times will I silently laugh at the child that thinks every continent is Asia?

Six weeks in I am more grateful than ever for my life, and more grateful than ever for new mercy and grace every morning.

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