I’m back! My blog has been on hiatus for the past 8 months and there are a few reasons for this which I will attempt to explain in today’s post. But first, thank you so much for being patient and continuing to stay with me during this time. You guys are awesome!
Onto the latest news: Zachary started Junior Kindergarten in September!
Junior Kindergarten in Ontario, Canada begins in the year a child turns 4 years old. Zach is going to a public school, not Montessori school. I’ve been inside his classroom briefly and saw many things that I really liked. The curriculum is labeled play-based learning however what I’ve seen over the past two months is that so many of the activities are driven by the Reggio method. The environment in the classroom is gorgeous with lots of natural elements; truly it is transformed into a third teacher. The children have so much freedom and time to explore the multitude of open-ended Reggio inspired activities and learn on his own or in small groups. (Basically, I approve!)
While it was my intention to homeschool in the beginning, things have changed as our family grows.
So why have I decided to send Zach to public school? One of the reasons is because he wants to go to school. He doesn’t want to go a Montessori school; he wants to go to the same school as his big brother. My boys are really close with each other so I’m not surprised. In fact, I think it’s quite cute that after school, they chat about passing each other in the hallway or what they each did in gym that day or the funny announcement over the PA that morning.
That alone should be a good enough reason. However it takes two to tango and I want to be completely honest — I realize I’m not a tango-er when it comes to homeschooling. Out of all the roles I’ve ever held in my life, from President of the Computer Club in high school to Marketing Manager in a corporation, being Chief Homeschool Officer is the hardest job I’ve ever done. Hands down. It’s even harder than just being a mom. Homeschooling required me to have boundless energy, endless time and unlimited patience. And even though I know I did my job well, I don’t regret leaving it behind. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade our homeschooling years for anything, especially since I’m reaping the benefits now. But it’s finally time for me to move on to something else.
We will continue to be a Montessori family, I would not have it any other way. Goodbye homeschooling, hellooooo after-schooling. (The kids are not getting off that easily!)
So what am I doing now that the kids are in school? Boy, if I had a dollar every time someone asked me this question.
In the last 2 months, I’ve been focusing on my self. Renewing my spiritual life and devoting my time to God once again. I didn’t realize how lifeless I felt until I started spending an hour each day in God’s word. It feels like I’ve been surviving on junk food all this time and while that kept me afloat, I was barely alive.
Exercise! I haven’t done this with any consistency in all my life (terrible, I know) but now I am committed. I’m starting really slow so I’m running only for 30 minutes, 3 days a week. But already I can feel the difference. I’ve always wondered why I have such low energy levels and now I know it’s because I didn’t exercise. I’m using this app to keep me on track and progressing, and watching Joyce Meyer on podcast while I’m working out. If you ever need a motivator to keep you going while you’re working out, Joyce has a voice that will not let you down, plus she cracks me up!
Finally, starting this month, I’m back on the blogging backwagon. Blogging, for me, is so much more than just a hobby or even business. It has become a tool that God is using to refine me. It’s hard to explain, but if there is some weakness in you that you’ve yet to uncover, blogging will surely show you. So my determined purpose is to press on so that I can overcome all of these weaknesses through Jesus. Post by post.
So that’s it! New beginnings is the story of my life this season. Embracing what’s here and bracing for the future. It’s gonna be a fun ride and I intend to post all about it! I hope you’ll stick around.