Dangling Carrots and How I’m Currently Motivating Myself

115 days done.  This is my 6th year homeschooling and I never tire of counting down (or up) the days until we finish our 180 days for the year.

When I don’t want to do school, I remind myself that the finish line doesn’t get any closer when we take days off. So, I dangle the carrot of “getting done in early May” in front of myself to keep going. I have a crazy dream that we’ll actually go somewhere as a family for a short vacation. This year I’m dreaming about Charleston.


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if you want to get hungry, read travel guides about places you want to visit. They are full of recommendations for restaurants of all kinds. I’ve never had low-country boil, but after reading the Frommer’s guide, I’m convinced my life wont be complete until I have some.

And what kind of homeschool mom would I be if I didn’t take my children to Fort Sumter, the place of the first shots of the Civil War? We must go there. In fact, I should it count as “school”. So, by that reasoning, if we only do 114 more days of school and a day at Fort Sumter, we’re good.

We’re also going to check out the longest cable-sustained bridge in the country and spend some time at the beach.

These are my dreams and this is what convinced me to do school on a day when our county had a snow day.

I think I can. I think I can.

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