This time of year always feels like a time for change, I read the same on a blog this week, that it is easier to make changes to your life now than at new year when most people, try to, do. As my children grow and change I have made subtle changes every now and then but right now I am feeling a need for something a bit bigger. I have yet to decide completely what form they will take and will take things steady if I need to rather than introducing a whole load of newness all at once.
We like to have a rhythm to our week, it is important to us to do the same thing on a particular day every week, if possible. Lately with it having being summer we have dropped our rhythm some what. We have been away quite a bit, as have our friends so it feels quite natural to reintroduce this with some added extras and changes.
One friend has asked not to meet up regularly I am not sure how this will work for us trying to fit in get togethers in a less fixed way, we like to know what we are doing if it doesn't work perhaps we will have to move on make new friends. Another friend has invited us to join them for some singing every week and on another day swimming something new to add to our week.
I also feel a need to bring more structure to our time at home to see if it could work, as of this week I now have two children who are officially not attending school. I tried structure with my eldest for the first few weeks he would have been at school and he hated it perhaps I was trying the wrong kind of structure or maybe with two children (my youngest was only a few months old when my eldest reached school age) if one shows an interest the other will join in. I think I am going to start by offering something one morning a week and after a few weeks add another morning activity. This will give me a bit of time to work out what to offer and slowly introduce the change. If that doesn't work I will think again, for me this is the beauty of home education and learning it can change to suit the needs of my children when they want and need it to.