We didn't get much summer vacation here at The Walker Farm.
My college-aged kids worked all summer and my high school kids got bogged down in courses that they thought they could get out of the way quickly, but couldn't. Economics, anyone? Ugh.
So we headed into the fall with a bit of burnout going on. That combined with the Election of 2016 made for some stress and a pretty discombobulated start to the school year. Yes, we homeschoolers tend to school year-round, and we also tend to turn everything into a chance to learn–so you feel like the grind never stops.
This is one of the hazards of homeschooling. I'll bet most non-homeschoolers never think of us as burned out. We're the ones who study in our pajamas, right? (Actually, no.)
What I heard all around me as my kids' friends headed back to school were similar expressions of stress and burnout. No one is immune from school stress these days, and if my own personal experience is any indication, the kids are working harder and harder but are confused about why.
We all need to ask that question, followed by how.
So I've decided to give my personal blog a facelift. Starting now (fall 2016) I will be concentrating on dumping the inside of my homeschooled brain onto these pages in ways that I hope will be helpful to everyone who wanders by. We're all in this together, homeschooled or not–my kids are friends with your kids or the friends of your kids, six degrees of separation and all that–and if we are managing to survive the struggle somehow, then by gosh I'm going to share whatever it is we've figured out. Judging from this election season, this country is in need of some genuine sharing.
Those of you reading the archives are going to do a double-take, but no matter. In the upcoming weeks I hope to:
- lay out an organizational philosophy and tool to help your kids get through their busy teen lives and prepare for college and life beyond school
- discuss the makings of a good essay without the stranglehold of the five-paragraph monster
- consider the different options available for the math-phobic kid
- list the most critical skills that every kid needs before high school
- create an SAT/ACT prep plan that leaves you with less stress senior year
And more! If you think of any ideas or have questions about prepping for high school and beyond, please
- tweet me: @mrushingwalker
- engage with me on Facebook: facebook.com/mayarushingwalker
Hoping for a rewarding rest of 2016 with more peace and unity for all of us in 2017.