Back to school!

We had a wonderful first day back at our homeschool today, thanks be to the Lord.  While we were both sad to have summer 'officially' ended, we both said it was good to be on a schedule and in a routine again.  And who can deny the thrill that comes with a new set of books and the prospect of new learning spread before you like a feast?

This school year brings us some changes as well, chief among them being SweetPea's desire for more independent learning.  So we're trying out a new schedule...and after one day, we like it!  We're up early and doing our 'together' work in the morning, then the rest of the day she's on her own.  Since we do Sonlight, I used the Instructor Guide page to add all the other studies--science, math, and out-and-about stuff for the week, made a copy for her, and she can govern her time to get it all done as she chooses.  She was a happy camper today, and I'm praising the Lord!

One of my summer goals was to look at our weekly schedule to see what we could trim or simplify and I was able to make some good changes.  So I'm hoping that this will be a more focused year on our academics.  I'm wanting her to really polish her writing skills this year, particularly essay writing in preparation for high school.  And I'm woefully behind in training her in various homemaking skills--sewing, bread-baking, etc., so maybe, just maybe, this will be the year!!

The Lord reminded me this morning of His wonderful help as we face a new school year:  "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass."  Hallelujah! 

Be it unto to me--and all of us--according to His Word!