As it’s the start of a new year, I am particularly thoughtful today. Looking back, looking forward, and evaluating what has come before. Most New Year’s Days I spend focusing on my goals, trying to figure out what I really want out of life, and writing it down. Distilling it so that I can move forward.
This year is a little different. I have actually spent significant time in the last year and a half or so, focusing. Getting in touch with myself, my values and my hopes for my future, and that of my family. For this month’s booklist, I will be sharing some of the inspiration I have found, and the writers that have influenced me. Needless to say, I have been inspired, and feel more focused this year than any other.
So, for me, this New Year is less about making new resolutions, and more about continuing forth. As the new year unfolds, I am excited for many things. Beginning Kindergarten with my son, editing the novel I wrote last year, starting a new writing project, reorganizing our learning and living space, and continuing on the exciting journey that we’ve begun here, at The Homeschool Co-op.
I know I would not be in this place, if I didn’t have my family to learn alongside with. By watching my children’s learning processes unfolding before me, I am inspired to learn myself. By seeing them do the impossible – learn to walk, talk, read, build, sing – I am seeing myself and my husband jumping over our own hurdles. In this way, we help each other find our passions and pursue our goals (even if some of us are too young to realize it).
While many homeschooling families will be evaluating their children’s learning experiences thus far – half of the school year finished, half to go – I would encourage you to examine your own, personal, learning journey as well. What can you learn together with your child? Alone? Be selfish for a minute, and consider that, in many ways, homeschooling is just as much about you as it is about them. As I hope you can attest to, you have probably grown in leaps and bounds already, in echo of the leaps and bounds your children have taken.
So, this year, go ahead, evaluate your child’s journey. But, evaluate yours, too. Because being a lifelong learner is a gift we can give to ourselves. A gift we can give to our children. And, chances are, a gift we are already receiving from them.
All the best, and Happy New Year.