We made it through our first (four-day, thanks to Labor Day) week of homeschooling. Our work this week touched on language arts, math, science, history, geography, music and art. When I say “touched on,” I do mean very lightly. There was math and language work every day; each of the other things we just worked on once this week and with purely introductory material. This will increase in coming weeks as I further develop the plans and as we find our rhythm.
Some of my thoughts so far:
- The mornings are the most changed time of day for us. With no 7:40 a.m. bus to catch, things are a heck of a lot more relaxed – almost to the point where I feel guilty. OK, not *that* guilty. The Boo is still going to preschool, but he is in the afternoon session. I think Kiki’s favorite part of homeschooling so far is getting to sleep until 8 – probably good for her, considering how late she tends to stay up reading.
- Kiki likes to take LOTS of fresh air breaks. I’m not sure if she needs them or if she’s testing the waters. We’ve had very temperate weather this week, so I’ve been inclined to let her hang out on the swing when she asks. In fact, we did a lot of her work outside on the patio. The Boo enjoyed sitting outside with us, too.
- In addition to our regular work, we had our first homeschool book club meeting this week. The time flew for both of us; Kiki has happy to meet and play with other kids with similar interests (Monster High, My Little Pony, Minecraft), and I was happy for mom time with a former fellow dance mom and some new acquaintances. Now Kiki and I are both a little reserved when it comes to meeting new people, so one of our challenges in homeschooling will be to put ourselves out there a little more from the get-go. So far, though, homeschoolers (parents and kids) seem to be more receptive to new people, even when a bunch of them have known one another for awhile. Or at least we’ve managed to find some very warm, very welcoming people who are good at putting us at ease. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this later.
- I was correct about The Boo being the biggest challenge … but that’s also because he decided this would be a good week to try potty training. It was also his first week back at preschool, and we had some confusion about the bus that is supposed to drop him off afterward. Working with him around in the mornings can be trying, too, as he likes to have his say in any conversation – usually by butting in with, “Mama! Mama! Let’s build a diamond house in Minecraft!”
- Kiki got off a little easy this week, as far as chores go. I haven’t gotten around to making her a chart yet, but I think that’s the only way she’s going to remember that she needs to do these things.
- Flexibility is going to be good. I’ve already switched up lessons on the fly and pulled stuff out that I wasn’t planning to do until later. I’ve also pushed back other plans. And speaking of plans, I need to set aside time to make more specific ones. I’m not good at improvising talking points. Kiki is also already asking for more computer learning, which is fine but will require more set-up time for me. And this weekend is chock full of plans, so she’s going to have a wait a little longer.
All in all, it’s been a good week with a few ups and downs for both of us. We made a good choice here, and it’s feeling more right every day.