I mentioned in a previous post that I wrapped up our year last year with a solid case of homeschool burnout. I love to listen to podcasts while I sew and I found myself adding more and more layers to our homeschool. Three separate, complete Waldorf curricula. Classical language arts. Singapore math. And while we're at it, let's throw in a good dose of Charlotte Mason. Instead of ramping down at the end of the year, I ramped up. My friend Rachel from Stitched in Color ever so gently asked, "You ramped up in the last month of the school year? That's a time when teachers tend to wind down." She is so gracious and wise.
This year, we made a couple of changes, the biggest one being that we enrolled Jude, Indigo, and Tia in a two-day homeschool enrichment program. (Initially we had enrolled Iris for one day as well, but she preferred to stay home with me and I am great with that.) The homeschool enrichment program offers amazing classes, which I wrote about near the end of this post. The kids are learning so much and thriving there. After three years of being home together every single day, seven days a week, it could sometimes feel a bit like Groundhog's Day. The change of pace has helped keep the kids so much more focused on their days at home with me. And now I have a couple of days each week to focus on my two little girls, which has been wonderful!