[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]A[/eltdf_dropcaps]s we come to the end of our school year, I find I begin to reflect on what we have done and accomplished throughout the year. This year was no different. Understandably, this reflection brought to light the areas where we had failed and needed improvements. Thus, our chosen curriculum is usually always at the forefront of this reflection. Somehow I always think, “If I could just find that perfect curriculum, our home school endeavours would reach perfection.” I am a planner and a little OCD and this does not help the situation at all! You see, after going through more than four language arts syllabi and reading programmes, I finally zoned in on one particularly good multi-sensory programme; it was based on both visual and phonetical concepts. Perfect! While it was not so cheap, it had been a wonderful journey for our whole family as we had all learned alongside each other. However, as I neared the end of level one of this programme, I reached a concept that was not explained well. Doubt about the entire programme began to creep its way into my heart. I began replaying all the wonderful comments I had heard about another “perfect programme” that an acquaintance of mine was currently using.
This led me to switch to my “crazy-OCD-momma-research-mode” (wherein I simply cannot put my smartphone down until I get to the bottom of the conundrum). Over and over I asked myself, “Which programme would be best for moving forward?” Suddenly, my current “perfect programme” did not measure up because it did not explain one concept well and another “perfect programme” was the ONE…. Then, one evening while I was waiting for my Joko tea to cool down, a mosquito fell into my teacup. (I know you’re thinking, “Oh, gross!”). Now before you judge me, it was the end of a long day, my children were just about to be put to bed by my hubby and I was winding down about to enjoy a few precious moments of good reflection and relaxation. I was not about to throw out a good cup of Joko just because of one teeny tiny mosquito – no way!
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This got me thinking about my “once upon a time ‘perfect’ curriculum” which we had spent a lot of money on and precious time learning and teaching to our children. I was not going to throw out a slightly imperfect curriculum that has only done us good just because a section of the programme did not explain things well. Instead, I opted to remedy that section by reading up on how others have explained the concept. I continued with our revamped imperfect programme. I think my children will learn just as they always have, because a curriculum can never make our home-schooling perfect – only God can help us with that. Only God can help us in our pursuit of perfection because only He is perfect.