Routine schoolwork in the morning and early afternoon followed by Packing 101! :) One of the blessings of homeschooling is that our children are not tucked away at school where they miss out on Real Life. They are here with us from day to day learning how to navigate the ups and downs of life and learning practical life skills such as how to pack a box for moving! One of the first lessons I taught them was that books go into small, book boxes -- not larger boxes that are soon too heavy to lift!! ;)
We probably have more books than any other family in the entire world! And as you can see, our bookshelves are emptying out. My husband really wants me to prioritize what we keep with this move and try to reduce the number of books we own, as we won't have as much space for bookcases in our new house. Do you know how hard that is to do? Especially when I've been collecting quality books for the last 23 years of homeschooling, plus my Mom has been blessing me with treasured books from her extensive library in recent weeks! So, I will be facing some tough decisions in the days ahead . . . and looking for creative storage options! (I wonder how many boxes of books I can store under my bed or in my closet??) ;)
Did you know that children need meaningful work and that working hard and contributing to the family actually makes them feel important, needed and enhances their "self-esteem?" Maybe that is one of the problems with the young people today -- due to the characteristics of modern culture, overly zealous child-labor laws, and an abundance of academics and extra-curricular activities, most children and teens of today don't really seem to do much physical labor.
Let me give you an example that illustrates what I'm saying. A few days ago Matt said this to me: "Mom, I just feel so achieved because I packed four boxes all by myself, plus I cleaned out the bottom of the pantry for you!" Isn't that cute?? It just proves that he felt good about himself because he had worked hard and accomplished something of real importance to the family.
Sometimes a big job can be overwhelming for kids and adults alike. That is why we should always break a mammoth task down into smaller jobs. I realized that if we all pack just a couple boxes a day, we will get it all done without feeling overwhelmed!
Working also builds character! So, I'd say that we will be doing a good bit of character building in the days ahead! ;)