While we did not stop lessons entirely, the last week and a half or so has been very light for us.
It started with computer issues for me. The laptop I’ve had for about 4 years was beginning to die, and the problems I was having made it essentially unusable. I needed a new one.
Getting a new laptop actually ended up being getting three new laptops. The first one I bought was a Dell and had a defective touchpad, so I had to return it after two days. The new Dell worked for six days and then decided on day seven to become an incredibly expensive doorstop. So that one got taken back as well, and I told them I wanted my money back. Instead of getting my money back, however, they persuaded me to take another brand, one that was $30 more expensive – but they did an even exchange, so I spent no extra money.
So, I’m now on my third new laptop in less than two weeks. It’s an HP, and so far, so good.
On top of that, of course, there was the court date last week, which took up the majority of a day. There was also Halloween shopping, grocery shopping, and a few other things that needed to be done.
That means we started school this week already behind. It’s a bit frustrating, but it’s also the great thing about homeschooling. If my kids were in public school and had missed school, I’d be getting a stack of work they needed to complete, along with new homework, and an expectation that it would all be done very quickly.
We, on the other hand, have the luxury of adjusting our schedule. We can change the days we do things, have longer days if we need to, and rearrange things so that things that were scheduled for this week will just move to next week instead.
Even after four years of homeschooling, I still feel that panic about being behind when it happens. But the panic only lasts a short time, because I quickly remember the freedom that we have. The fact that we’re on no one’s schedule but our own, and that, technically, we’re not really behind. We may not be where we want to be, or where I thought we’d be, but it’s not behind.
It also helps when I remember that all those things that got in the way were education, too. My kids have now gotten lessons in how the court system works, what happens when someone ignores an order from a court, how to return a defective item, how to grocery shop, and how to deal with interruptions to your routine. Granted, some of these things they’ve had lessons in before (we do go grocery shopping every week, after all), but that doesn’t make it any less educational.
Barring any more unexpected disasters, or other interruptions, I anticipate that we’ll start getting back on track this week. And I have to be completely honest: I’m looking forward to basically spending this entire week at home. A week and a half of constant “stuff” has me ready for the break that trying to get back on track with homeschooling will be.