This "homeschooling thing" is a real journey. I am learning new things about myself every week, every day, every hour even. Not all of them are pleasant. A few of them are wonderful.
What I have discovered about myself this week is that I am officially a nerd.
Let me explain.
I have spent hours over the past few months wandering around homeschool convention halls, thumbing through books, watching videos, listening to spiels. I have devoured curriculum catalogs from many different companies. I go online to see what everyone else is using and to hear about how they are using it. It has almost become a full-time job (obsession), really.
But then I did it. I committed. I made the decision and made the order.
Amazon is emailing me several times a day with the notice that my order has been processed, or shipped, or backordered, or looked at. I am running out to check the mail several times a day like I did when I had a birthday as a kid. The UPS man looks better and better to me every day.
It's starting to come in now. Each package makes me smile inside. I rip it open right away and go through everything in it. I think I may be going a little bit nuts.
What is it about new curriculum? I'm pretty sure I felt this way last year about this time. "I can't wait! We're going to have so much fun! This book / video / computer game / etc is so wonderful!" And it was and it wasn't. We started, tweaked, started again, discarded, changed, and in the end had a good year and learned a lot, but not the way I had intended us to go.
But NEXT year, boy, I can't wait! We're going to have so much fun! This curriculum is so wonderful! My name is Nicole and I am a curriculum junkie. Anyone else out there?
Oops, gotta go. I hear the UPS truck . . .