It takes at least 2 to 5 hours to put together a blog post. I must write and edit it, then I need an image, and if i take it I have to process it and prepare it for the blog. With the busy life that comes as a homeschooling mom, I wonder why I keep blogging sometimes. But blogging has helped me become a more creative teacher, and giving a little of myself through a blog helps me feel engaged in a community even while staying at home with my kids.Continue Reading
A few months ago I mentioned I’d be going “full-steam ahead” with schooling during the summer. Hah. My plan for formal learning has fizzled. I have come to realize that Raisin needs a break as much as I do. Given the fact that Raisin is still five, but working on a first grade or above level, I have realized that forcing him to do school should not be a requirement for his summer days.
I’ve learned a lot over the past 12 months to 16 months since I decided for sure to begin homeschooling, versus sending my son away to school. While I believe I’d work best with a clear schedule to follow — complete with boxes to check off — this is not the way my child best learns. He learns when he’s ready. He learns when I’m not forcing him. He learns when we’re driving to a museum and he asks about the signs he sees. Continue Reading
Yesterday morning, I babysat for two of my friend’s children, her baby and her kindergartner, while she helped her daughter’s preschool class. Raisin recently read a Magic Tree House book about Pompeii, and we’re doing a brief book report on it in two weeks for a Ancient Rome/Italy day at co-op. So I decided to let Raisin and his friend make a play dough volcano together.Continue Reading
Every parent who decides to homeschool comes to that conclusion for a number of different reasons. I mentioned the other day that I never thought I’d be a homeschooling parent. I thought I could not do it. Now I’ve come to see that I can homeschool. I found the confidence to homeschool because learning and teaching is a process, not a destination.
How I came to the decision to homeschool is a long story. My reasons are many and the decision process was complex.Continue Reading