I don't often post about our homeschool activities, which is perhaps a little strange considering it's where the majority of my time and energy goes. I guess my blog is the place for me where I choose to take a break from that area of my life.
My husband (bless his soul) made the statement the other day that he didn't know how I managed to accomplish so much in the schooling area. I, of course, took that opportunity to point out all the things that I don't do so that I can homeschool. Don't worry, I won't bore you with the details;)
And I don't mean that at all in a complaining way. I love teaching my children. I didn't neccessarily plan for things to be this way at this time, but I have wholeheartedly embraced it.
I admire Mothers who homeschool well with a set game plan. And I feel for those who try, and struggle to accomplish it.
There are those who greatly admire homeschoolers. I've been questioned by strangers who were totally fascinated by the whole process. Then there are those who just naturally assume that you do a shoddy job and that your children will suffer in life because of it. Which is interesting considering homeschoolers as a whole tend to test very well. And there are also those who you think would be supportive and encouraging, that are not always that way. Even in Christian circles.
This year is turning out to be our best year of homeschooling so far. I'm so happy with where we are at right now. We're using a new set-up this year, and it's such a good fit for us. It's more challenging, and has more projects, but I feel like my kids are getting just what they need.
Sometimes it stretches me a bit far. I do the basic house cleaning, laundry and cooking. But any extra things (which I have a long list of) just have to wait. I've told my husband that the top thing on my wishlist for Christmas is to be able to get to some of those things on my projects wish list. I think it's passed the mile-long mark already.
Right now we're trying to finish up all of our school projects before Christmas break. Which includes the following: biographical essay on Albert Einstein (P), report about Spiders (P), report about Goldfish (A), essay on the subject of Space in three parts (P), Life cycle of Flies chart project (A), Fables report (A), mold and microscope experiments, 5 units tests, and (of course) the regular daily lessons.
The Princess has a whole different program that I do with her. Her speech therapist has us do some things in addition to that. I admit that she is the most challenging to teach out of the three. She loves learning, and is a bit of a perfectionist already. But finding ways to get around the blocks in the road caused by her aphraxia require me to think outside the box. And I'm more of a by-the-book teacher.
And if you wonder how I can blog in the midst of so daunting a job, I'd simply say that we find time to do the things we want or need to do. Some live on their cell phones or other technological wonders, some watch their favorite programs, some read late into the night. Whatever we choose to do with the small snippets of time we have here or there is not neccessarily because we have lots of time on our hands.
There are those who like to tell me how busy they are (in my regular life, not my blogging friends) and I have to chuckle privately at the obvious impression given that they (unlike myself) aren't able to loaf around all day... okay, so sometimes I get irritated with them and forget to chuckle. But I do manage to smile sweetly and keep my mouth shut.
It's not like me to voice frustration on my blog... other than my usual grumbling during our much-too-long rainy season:) But sometimes it helps to talk/blog things out. And my blogging friends tend to be some of the most encouraging and supportive people around.
Which is why blogging is something that I choose to do. Not always eloquently. But I suppose you all have gotten used to that by now;)