Autumn seems short and I realized that as of Saturday we have 10 weeks left in 2011! That is the official point where Mason is no longer considered preterm. Our current goal is staying pregnant at least until then. I go next week for another Level 2 ultrasound to check his growth. Hopefully we’ll see no signs of hydrocephalus yet,(fluid backing up in the brain), which is the one big thing that would push us into an early delivery.
All of these realizations have also pushed to the front of my mind the fact that I need to evaluate where we’re at in homeschool and where we hope to be at the end of these 10 weeks. Once Mason is here school will be on hold indefinitely. We just don’t know how long his hospital stay will be, if there will be complications, and how long it will take to adjust to having a seventh child (who happens to have special needs).
One of the blessings of homeschooling is the flexible schedule, which we plan to take full advantage of. Our year doesn’t always end June 1st and begin September 1st. As a matter of fact, most years is doesn’t. I am trying to decide what ‘learning things’ I can prepare ahead so that school becomes grab and go once we’re home and settled with Mason, but I can’t really decide all that until I know where we’ll be in 10 weeks with current academics.
So what am I doing to figure that out?
1. Praying – That’s right, my #1 tool right now is prayer. I’m seeking the Lord’s guidance in where we need to focus our efforts for the next 10 weeks, what goals to reach for. I know that if I set my own goals we’re bound to fail. God’s plan is always the one that works best.
2. Evaluating where we’re at in current curricula – How many lessons into math books are we? Have we mastered that material? How are my beginning readers doing? What is the next step on that path? You get the idea….
3. Making the most of our time – As the answers to prayer begin to come line upon line I’m acting on them, instead of waiting around to have the whole picture laid out first. This is one of the harder things for me to do. I like to know the plan in full before I step out on a path. I don’t like uncertainty, surprises, or partial explanations. Yet God seems to delight in giving me directions without explanations, sometimes at the oddest moments, when I’m not actively thinking about homeschool or goals.
Can you believe there are only 10 weeks left in the year?