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Yep...that is exactly how I feel when I do that. In fact, I noticed yesterday as we began our "Thanksgiving" study, I had done it yet AGAIN! The look on my kids faces did not match the excitement I had seen on Sunday when I had shared with them what all we would be doing for school. In fact, Robert mentioned that he *thought* we were going to be doing fun stuff. This was just all the same stuff we usually do everyday, so it was time for me to take another good look at what I was doing wrong.
I sat down and started trying to make a lighter school schedule, but it still seemed full of "school stuff". So I prayed for the Lord to show me something, to give me some direction of what to do. That was yesterday afternoon.
I woke up this morning, opened my email and The Homeschool Minute was there. I can honestly say it was the Lord speaking to me at that moment through Nancy, Deborah, Todd, and Ruth. One of Todd's statements really stood out at me. He said "And don't try to add it to your already-busy school schedule . . . do it instead of your busy school schedule . . . and don't feel guilty, because you shouldn't."
I felt a total release in my spirit as the Lord said to me, "It's okay to let go and have fun". I always worry that they are not learning enough. I think that is my pride getting in the way because I am always wondering when someone is going to walk up to my kids and ask them to quote the periodic table, or give them a really hard math problem. I don't want people looking at me wondering why in the world I am teaching my kids.
So today as we really begin to have fun with Thanksgiving, here is a bit of what we will be doing. This week, we will continue Bible, Math, and English, but aside from that we are just gonna have fun baking goodies for neighbors, doing community service with our church, cleaning our house for Christmas and Thanksgiving and preparing for the holidays.
What about you? Do you deal with those same kind of feelings and issues? How do you get past them and what have you learned in the process?