I’m in the middle of one of my “oh my am I teyaching them enough” spells. It seems I spend so much time on trying to get my youngest reading ( its going pretty well) and so much time at sports and other activities that I often feel I am a total failure. My kids dont read the books other homeschoolers do..they dont do the projects other homeschoolers do….. ahhhhhhhh
Whoot whoot.. yes that’s correct..I’m doing a review!!!
Most of the update will be mundane simply because my kids are older and past the crafty preschool type activities.
Declan in the office ( used to be Noah’s room and once the schoolroom oh and even Taejan’s room and Declan’s room at one point) doing his core work. He’s using Switched on Schoolhouse for Math, Science, History/Geography and Language Arts.
Jadziah working on her math.. she’s still using Abeka for math
Declan started Minecraft Homeschool on Monday
Taejan has been exploring the snap circuits
We went on a family field trip..one stop was the Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield..indoor snow fight anyone?
Mohawk Park in Charlemont
Taejan is working hard on reading.. its still a struggle..but making slow progress . He loves the Reading Game ( 1st edition)
This is his working hard pose
and this is typically what my kitchen table looks like when all 3 are doing work at the same time!
And that is basically our school week in a nutshell!
I’m sad.. I don’t think anyone reads.. thats ok though. I know I took too long of a break and I dont run contest or anything else.. I wouldnt even know where to begin.. but I will still blog here and there so my kids have a record of their lives..
Hard to believe we are in our 9th year of homeschooling.. I often look back at the last near decade and wonder how I got here.
I was NEVER going to be a homeschooling mom.. why on earth did people want their kids home all day when they didn’t HAVE to?? We are not overly religious people ( spiritual yes…) so I didn’t feel some calling to homeschool. It all started when Noah was in 6th grade… 2 years into his journey with Epilepsy ( which he outgrew..thank goodness). We had had more issues than not with school since 1st grade.. but school is what one did. Even when teachers told me they “didnt have time to notice” if Noah was having seizures.. school was what one did.
So Noah kept on going.. 6th grade was not horrible but it was less than stellar. I had 3 kids under 3 and my 11 year old.. I really dont even remember a lot of details of life for about 4 years..lol. Noah would come home and I would spend 1-2-3 hours teaching him what he needed to DO his homework. Mid way thru the year I decided he was NOT going back after 6th grade. He was small, he didnt play sports due to the seizures, he was angry..a lot.. life was stressful ( still waiting for that to end honestly).
So the decision was made..Noah was not returning to 7th grade.. but.. Declan was all signed up for preschool… we had done a 2 year home program which led to him being eligible for free preschool. I figured I was going to just school Noah.. and the rest would go to PS..until the day came to send Declan off.. and Eric..yes Eric said “please don’t send my kids to school”..and look..all this time later they are still home.
Declan spent a day in 4th grade.. one day.. as a shadow.. with his friends, a teacher I know outside of school and let’s say Declan has no desire to ever go again. Back then Ziah and Taejan did..but they have learning issues and I refused to allow even ONE day in a classroom ruin what I worked so hard at. Now neither of them has any desire to go to school..for now anyway.
So we are here..in 2013 still at it.. do we love it..well some days..some days not so much..but that’s true of anything in life right? I’m sitting at my computer and looking thru 9 years of ebook files..some 3gb’s of ebooks. It’s almost like a time capsule. I see the lapbooks I paid good money to have created for Noah because back then In the Hands of a Child didn’t have many higher level units. I see all the ebooks I got for Declan when we were totally poor and totally eclectic.. I see a lot of “free” lapbooks I got when I was a super member and I also earned credit for people buying through my referral link at In the Hands of a Child. I see a lot of freebies collected along the way. Then there is a time gap when we jumped into the box with Abeka. I see a time where I tried too hard…and a long span of time where we barely schooled.
My laptop files are telling me the tale of our homeschooling adventure. Its been a great adventure and one I ultimately wouldn’t change for the world.
I often feel guilty..why? Well I have guilt that we homeschool so my kids dont have the same social life as other kids.. I also feel a little sad because I dont have the social life I would if my kids were in school. Then I look around and see that Declan is friends with all the kids he would be if he was in school because of all the sports he plays. Ziah well she’s finding her way around the world of tween girls…thats not a fun adventure. Taejan.. he has the most of my guilt. I often feel like I fail him daily. He still struggles with reading..if school theyd be giving him lots of extra help..but then again they’d also label him. He would be the ADHD kid who has a heart of gold but little control of his mouth.
So hum.. I guess I need to toss the guilt out the window. We have good weeks, bad weeks..good years, badddd years.. but we are doing this. My kids may not know XYZ that PS kids know..but they know a ton kids their age in PS don’t. They are allowed to work at their own pace, learn about things they are interested in and for the most part this life works for us.
if you had told me 10 years ago this is where we’d be..Id have laughed.. remember..I was never going to be that homeschooling mom..NEVER!
I’m going to share a few pictures of our latest jaunt to DisneyWorld… it was just the 5 of us..Noah no longer lives home..
Getting ready to fly for the first time ( they loved it)
Taejan played the Beast in the new Enchanted Tales with Belle
Dancing with the Belly Dancer in Morocco
At BLizzard Beach for the first time
At the Halloween party
Finding Stitch in Animal Kingdom
Finally meeting long time online friends!
More to come…thats the first half of the trip