Thursday, September 22, 2011

Homeschool

We are about one month into homeschooling, and I love it! I was unsure how it would go, but so far, so good. I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach my son! I know it is not for everyone, but it definitely is a good fit for our family.

Just to look back one day (and laugh at myself), I thought I'd share what my thoughts on homeschooling so far.

The positives:
- I still get lots of quality time with Caleb
- Chloe is interested in learning along with Caleb (though I don't let her do everything because I want to keep it special)
- It is so awesome watching Caleb learn
- I am learning things I never knew (yes, even in Kindergarten). I was a good student, but I only learned to test well....this time around, I am actually learning!
- Our school day starts about 9:30, so no getting up early for me (yay!). We are usually up by 7:45, but we don't have to rush out the door
- I love the freedom
- Because it is one-on-one with Caleb, it is a good time of growth for both of us. He doesn't always love to do school work, so there has already been some good character building! I realize that if he were in school, he would do exactly what his teacher asked without falling on the ground and complaining :), but those are good opportunities to teach him!
- I love love love love being with my kids, so I am excited that, at least for awhile, that won't have to change!


The not-so-positives:
- I spent every single day of my life as a student in a public school, so it has been very difficult for me to not follow the model of traditional school. I am not anti- traditional school, but it does not translate well to the home. It is hard for me to grasp that a trip to the park is just as educational as a worksheet....that all of life is an educational opportunity. Those things are so valuable, but it is hard for me to get that.
When I was in school, the focus of my school field trips was to flirt with the boy I liked at the time and to talk with my friends. Priorities :). But that's a reason it's hard for me to grasp. I guess that will come in time.
- Realizing I am responsible for my child's education is daunting, at times. I try not to think about it, but every once in awhile, the thought overwhelms me. If they don't learn something, it's on me. That's kind of a big deal.
- I have had a hard time balancing school with social activities. I love being out and about with friends, so it is sometimes hard to prioritize school.


Well, there you have it.....a view into my brain....

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