I was really dreading it this year. I kept going back and forth about what curriculum I wanted to use - and I think subconsciously I may have been thinking, "if I don't pick a curriculum, we can't start school!" But then one day I finally made a decision and ordered our books. (And then I second-guessed that decision and thought about returning some but finally decided to stick with the first decision.)
Our school area was a mess. Books and binders from this year and last year scattered all over. Last week, I was finally motivated to organize it.
I was on call this week for jury duty. Monday I had to report in. No starting school early for us!
But then something strange happened. I came home Monday at 11 (not needed for the jury that day) and had lunch and then decided to start math with all the kids. Some of our books hadn't even been opened from the shrink wrap yet. But we got all our supplies ready and I did a lesson with each of them. And it just felt good.
We've done a math lesson every day this week and we're getting in the groove. The school area is completely ready for this year, all our books are unwrapped and we're all beginning to settle into a new routine, with a little bit of summer on the side. I don't know why I thought it would be so much harder this year. I'm exactly where I want to be.