We’re one-quarter of the way into our school year here at A One-Room Schoolhouse, and it’s safe to say that it has been the most peaceful and enjoyable start I’ve ever experienced. Growth and peace have been upon the Schoolhouse and I am so grateful.
Many people doubted our rapid growth and thought we were crazy to embark on such a swift campus development, but the past three years have been an incredible journey.
In my teaching career, I’ve often been told by mentors, and I’ve passed this wisdom onto my mentees – the first three years of any teaching endeavor are the hardest. This has held true in the development of A One-Room Schoolhouse.
The first year was undoubtedly challenging, but it was also incredibly rewarding. We learned so much, and we changed so much during that school year. We developed new systems, found innovative ways of doing things, and identified areas that needed improvement. It was a constant work in progress. Looking back at that year, I can’t help but reflect on how far we’ve come from my little basement classroom with just 16 students.
The next two years brought about growth that I never could have imagined. If you revisit this blog post, you’ll see that the challenges persisted, perhaps even intensifying in the third year. However, we found our footing. We figured out the systems that work, and each teacher is now not only surviving but thriving and growing. We’ve also made significant progress in our administrative systems. I can’t express enough how grateful I am to have an administration that handles many of the burdens and stress. This year, I’ve been able to delegate more to the board, and it’s been a relief to have their guidance on tough decisions. They have truly servant hearts, giving their best to the schoolhouse.
A Year of Peace and Gratitude
I’m eagerly looking forward to this year with a sense of peace and gratitude. I know that the teachers at their campuses, especially those in their first, second, and third years, are experiencing the same challenges and stresses I’ve faced. But I want to assure them that the fourth year is a beautiful and rewarding one. It’s smooth sailing, and it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication that has gone into building A One-Room Schoolhouse. I am so grateful for both the growth and peace we have experienced so far this school year.
First Quarter Achievements
So, what have we accomplished in the first quarter of the school year?
We completed our first history unit, delving into the fascinating world of the Roman Empire. The students engaged with history in a way that was both educational and captivating. We’re also looking forward to exploring the intriguing subjects of reformation and the history of the Bible in our history curriculum. It’s always an exciting time when we get to explore these vital aspects of our world’s history.
Our first quarter of science was a journey into the Wonders of Energy. It’s been a subject matter that intrigued both students and teachers alike. Now, we’re excited to start our exploration of Health and the Physical Body.
The students have made significant strides in their academic journey, completing their first units in math and language arts. It’s incredibly rewarding to witness their development as writers, readers, and budding mathematicians. One of my next blog posts, will be updating my high school course recommendations. I have seme excellent ones in store!
The Science Fair
One of the highlights of the school year for us is the science fair. We’ve already started working on science fair projects, and the excitement is building. We look forward to this annual event, and I can’t wait to share more about it in future blog posts.
As we move into the second quarter of the school year, we hope to maintain the same level of smoothness and enjoyment that has defined the first quarter. We invite you to join us on our journey and engage in our process. You can find us here on this blog and on social media. We truly appreciate all of our followers and readers who have been part of this amazing journey. Here’s to more growth, peace, and success in the upcoming school year!