Over the years, we’ve had need to alter several of our courses. Especially in high school. What once flowed is no longer working. What made sense, now seems muddled and hard to follow. It’s taken me some time to realize altering learning mid-year is not the end of the world. Not even my little world.
This past semester, I dropped the geometry course my oldest was taking and went for something different. Yup, you read that right. Mid-year. We’re starting from scratch – just to be sure she fully understands the concepts taught – and using an online geometry curriculum I wish I’d found six months ago. Scratch that. I wish I’d found it last year. It might have made Algebra more bearable. Both of us are appreciating the change.
Geometry isn’t the only course we’ve switched up mid-year. Music appreciation, morning basket, and more have been known to change throughout the year. There were reasons why we switched each course over. I won’t bore you with the details. Well, maybe another day. But not today. Suffice it to say, each served a purpose when they were used and each new change brought about a purpose in our lives. God knew what was best.
Children not only grow in maturity from school year to school year, they develop throughout the learning process. If I am afraid to change, update, or alter my children’s education to reflect this maturity simply because I hate to waste curriculum or renegotiate a well-planned year, my heart needs to change.
As I’ve mentioned before, I hate giving up on something; it feels like I’m… giving up. What the Lord has been trying to teach me is that this isn’t giving up. This is a lesson in giving in, to His leading. An opportunity for me to understand I don’t hold this little world in my hands; He holds it in His and He knows exactly what’s best.
May the Lord continue to encourage each of us, reminding us He is in control. If God is leading to alter learning, even mid-year, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s just the beginning of a new adventure.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.”
~ Psalm 95:1-7
Your Turn!: Have you made any mid-year changes to your learning routine?