I can't believe that I'm only 368 points away from having 100,000 Spark points! Wow, that's crazy!
We had a great field trip with our home school group that I set up yesterday. It was a great day and every one, including the kids, seemed to have a great time.
I picked up some teen volunteer contracts from our local library on our way home as I want my kids to volunteer there this summer. There are so many things that I want them to do that it seems like we haven't done yet or had the time for, but I want to make the time.
They are starting high school this upcoming year when we start the new school year and I'm scared but excited at the possibilities out there for them and us on the last 4 years of our home schooling journey. It's hard to believe that we are at that point now in our lives.
It's scary because I feel even more responsibility for their education and have to prepare myself this summer for those changes. Of course I feel and have felt responsible throughout our entire homeschooling journey, but especially so now.
I'm not sure if we will be pushing on with a co-op that was given to us by a group member recently, but it would be great for our kids. There is no way we (meaning my friend and I who are the leaders/owners of this group) can do it alone. We are both basically doing 99% of the work in our group and have very little left to give for something as time consuming as a co-op.
I want my kids to have even more opportunities our last 4 years of school and I want it to be the best 4 ever. I signed them up to go to a home school prom, which is something that they have never done and to be honest I never got to do even though I was not homeschooled and went to public school, LOL.
I am doing things now that I have never done before either, like giving presentations in front of others, which for me, is not easy. I'm improving each time I get up in front of people, but I have an upcoming class is entirely on me including ordering items, researching and presenting a speech on the topic, and of course the actual setting up/organizing as well as following through with the class after my speech!
Just like these next 4 years of homeschooling will be scary and exciting, I feel the same thing regarding these opportunities that I am embarking on more and more.
A co-op is one of those things that I don't want to avoid because it's scary or because my friend and I are pretty clueless about running one as we have never done that. At the same time, it's so easy to get burned out running a home school group when you and one other person are the only ones setting events up even though you encourage and pretty much try to volunteer others to help do the same, LOL.
I know others are busy and it can be scary to do something you're not used to doing or don't have experience doing, but that's how we have learned when we first started this group. We've been through hell at times from drama queens who have entered our group and made life miserable, and we've learned from time and practice.
I still have so much to learn and have so much growth and confidence I need to acquire, but it gets easier each time.