Three of my students are done homeschooling. Two are in college, one is taking a gap year and working full-time. They are hard working adults now. When did they become adults? It seems like we started homeschooling just yesterday, but in fact it was seventeen years ago. I was thirty-five. I am now 52. It was NOT yesterday.
There are three more years of teaching Claire, six more of teaching Brennan. I must remember: Finish strong. Each day, each year. I want to stay inspired, stay energetic (or become energetic again.) I want to enjoy the hard work ahead. Claire is by far my most creative student, Brennan is the most self-motivated. Creativity can have the time and freedom to blossom here at home; self-motivation gets a whole lot done. I am really looking forward to this year.
We're back to speech (for Claire and Brennan) and debate (for Brennan.) Claire is taking ballet for the first time. For fun Brennan's been learning to juggle, thanks to an Usborne juggling set I found at one of the conferences I worked this summer. We have plenty of familiar things, a few new ones thrown in, and we are off and running for a new school year.
We have stocked up on our own brand of essentials: Cocoa...I should probably send Nestle a thank you note when we are done homeschooling. It is miraculous what solace can be found in a cup of cocoa. Cool new (to us) maps that we found in Natalie's things. Brennan and I get lost in maps (in a good way, of course). And today we head to the library where there is a stack of books on hold for us. And for the teacher? Bags of French roast beans ready to grind, and Hugh Laurie playing the blues on the ipod.
This is going to be a great year.