One of the things I like to do when we're starting a new school year is to make up a schedule in the attempt to keep our life organized and balanced. In other words, making the effort to take dominion over and to glorify God with how we use the time he has given to us each day, week, month, and year. Those of you who know me well know that it's not just a schedule, but rather a system - charts, lists, check-off charts for the kids (and me!), master calendar, even more charts, etc. It's a lot of work trying to see how or even if we'll be able to "fit it all in," but if you know me well, you also know I absolutely enjoy the planning process. Usually after a few weeks of actually trying to implement the schedule, I realize some things need to be shuffled - that too much time was allotted to one subject area while not enough was allowed for another.
Another thing I do as we get back into the school routine after the ease of summer is over is to slowly add subjects back in so that we aren't overwhelmed. This year (last week) we started with the basics: Bible, math, English, writing, Latin, penmanship, history read alouds, and typing. This week we're adding Botany and piano lessons. Yet to be added to the schedule is our history text, All American History, vol. 2, and speech, which I'll be teaching every other Thursday afternoon at our church.
Today is our first day back to piano lessons with our fabulous instructor Mrs. Becky Reed. Since her piano studio is located in Salmon Creek, we use our time in town to run errands and get our shopping done (believe it or not, there is no Costco or Winco in Yacolt...). Next week history and speech will be added in to the weekly schedule - this is when the "testing" of the schedule really starts to happen; will we be able to get it all done without feeling like we've run a marathon every day? Will we be so rushed and overwhelmed that something will have to go? Or will it all go smoothly without a single glitch? This is when I find the answer to the "but will it work?" question.
"A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps."
"She watches over the ways of her household..."