Yesterday would have been the kid's first day back to school if we weren't homeschooling this year. Instead of rushing off to beat traffic and the bell first thing in the morning, we met up with a local group at Landa Park in New Braunfels. It was the perfect way to declare ourselves as homeschoolers.
The kids played, and I talked with the other moms about their homeschool experiences and exchanged tips and stories. Just a few weeks ago on our last night out of town I had been freaking out about making our final decision about school this year. I'm not usually one to beg for signs from God, but I did that night. I later found out that a friend of mine sent me a message about the not back to school picnic right when I was having my freak out. What a blessing!
And yesterday was relaxing and peaceful, and exactly where we were meant to be.
There hasn't been a clear-cut moment/day when we became a homeschooling family. We dipped our toes in it earlier this summer, and we finally turned our letter into the school earlier this month, but we won't be starting formal lessons until next week.
The kids are constantly learning through their own natural curiosity about the world around them. They spent yesterday catching minnows in the river, tried their hand at building a couple dams. They found snail shells, collected rocks, spied deer and vultures, and learned that geese are pretty pushy when it comes to free food.
Of course we could have gone to the park any day, but going yesterday was an unofficial kickoff. We came home afterwards to find more eggs waiting for us. And our homework? Playing board games. We haven't quite gotten into the nitty-gritty yet, but I'm loving the pace.
How are you finding time to slow down and enjoy the days with your kids?