We are in our last push to get school done for the year. Half the kids have already finished their math. All but one are done writing. My two high-schoolers taking college classes are finishing up last projects and gearing up for finals. The teens are down to their last two chapters of chemistry, and because I’m feeling tired, I’ve decreed we will be reading and answering the review questions, but won’t take those last two chapter tests. They’re delighted.
It is a busy time, but one where a slower pace is just around the corner. I am so looking forward to it. We’ve had a good productive year, one where in wanting to get things finished with my senior who’s graduating, we’ve all worked harder than usual. I’ve especially seen gains in writing skills, which is a great thing.
Though productivity is a great thing, it can also be overdone. This year I’ve felt the need for more rest than we tend to get on the weekend. Saturdays are often slower-paced. But Sundays are very busy — filled with grandbabies and visiting kids. It is a wonderful kind of busy — I am so very blessed. But it isn’t quite rest. Two year old boys move fast, ya know! And feeding two meals to a crowd is busy even when I do a lot of the cooking on Saturday, and have kids doing the cleanup after meals.
So this summer and continuing into the next school year we’re trying something new. We are making Monday a day of rest. No agenda, no activities. The kids can sleep in –that’s one of the things they want more of — and we can all have time just to hang out, read and relax and maybe even play games.
Thanks to homeschooling, we have the flexibility to give this a try, and I’m hoping it’s just what we need. How does the pace of life feel in your family right now? Do you feel like you get enough down time? What do you do for rest when things get busy?