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Homeschooling in the Spring

Wow, the weather outside just keeps on getting better and better - albeit a little bit at a time! In the afternoon, when the school day is done, my kids have been playing outside again - and they haven't come in with blue lips and red noses! Spring weather...I just love it.

So, spring has finally sprung - does that mean it's time to put away the books and make a break for summer? Does that mean we have to keep plugging along, missing the chance to enjoy the wonderful spring weather (which will soon enough turn into long, hot summer days)? Well, yes...and yes.

Yup, we should put away SOME of the school books and spend some time outdoors. Take a field trip, walk to the library, have a picnic lunch in the back yard, plant some flowers or raise butterflies.

Yup, we should also keep plugging along with our school work. While it may be okay to put aside the cursive workbook or the typing program to enjoy an afternoon out of doors, it may not be okay to start skipping math lessons or skip your family Bible study.

Now, only you know what is truly vital to each of your children at this point in time, and it just might be cursive or typing! Perhaps you are finished with math for the year (if you are, I want to hear about it, because that's fantastic and you deserve a big "Way To Go!"). You may not have much more science to work on (ahem, not the case in our house...) but maybe you would like to spend some extra time reading with your 7 year old, or undertake that craft project you've been putting off. Whatever your family needs, and whatever the Lord would have you to do, by all means, stay busy doing it in the vein of Titus 2. But don't lose an opportunity to spend time together as a family. Because right now it seems like summer is approaching and we have all the time in the world to relax and kick back and spend time together...but the reality often is that summer months fly by, filled with activities and teenager's work schedules, visits to potential college campuses, youth trips and events, and all the fixer-upper projects that have been piling up over the school year. Blink, and it's gone! Time to plan next year's school. Don't let this spring slip by on the assumption that you will have plenty of time to enjoy your family's company during the warm summer months. Make time this spring; I promise you will not regret it!

As a good friend reminded me just last night, give your kids a hug tonight - they really do grow up quickly. She ought to know - her "baby" is serving our country in Afghanistan as we speak. I'll take her advice and make the most of this spring day with my family and friends. I hope you do, too!

Day 24 done :)

Jan L. Burt


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