Thursday, April 16, 2015

Encouragement to Stay the Course...It's Homeschool Conference Season!

We have less than six weeks left of our formal school year here on Drywood Creek!  As I near the finish line, with my tongue hanging out, I want to encourage you to remember slow and steady wins the race.

As part of the Sonlight 25th Anniversary Blog Party, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post sharing some of the best homeschool advice I'd been given over the years.  This includes not comparing yourself to others and letting your curriculum work for you.  Keeping these two themes in mind will help you to finish strong.  Also, Afterthoughts blogger, Brandy, posted a timely article last week, titled, Don't Get Your Head Turned, in which she said, 
It’s springtime, and sometimes it is hard to be self-disciplined. And people are starting to talk about shiny curriculum catalogs and conferences and planning for next year and and and. It is so easy to get your head turned.
On the cusp of homeschool conference season, I think it's important to remain steadfast in our goals so as not to get caught up in all the latest and greatest homeschool curricula.  I love all the new "shiny curriculum catalogs" that are arriving daily in my mail box.  But I totally understand getting wrapped up in it all and for some, this season is truly overwhelming, almost to the point of debilitation.  This is a perfect time to look back on the goals you've set for each child and focus on the strengths.  Reflection and prayer are great tools for relaxation. 

By the way, if you are planning to attend a homeschool conference this spring, here is a past post on Preparing for a Homeschool Convention.  I have my lists ready and bags packed so as not to get my head turned as we head off to the MACHE Conference this week.  I'm looking forward to checking out some new Simply Charlotte Mason items, as well as language arts possibilities for Ruben, and bible study options.  Maybe I'll see you there!

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