Several people have asked me how the homeschooling is going lately so I thought I would write about it a bit. As I mentioned in a previous post, we choose to home school Enu for a few different reasons. To allow her to regress and then mature and to give us one on one mommy/daughter time.
We have accomplished the mommy/daughter time for sure. It is nice to have her along with errands and around the house when the other girls are at school. We have a lot of impromptu board games ( I refuse Monopoly, but Ten Days in Africa, mancala and Trouble are frequently busted out.) On the other hand, it can be trying not to have a break from each other.
Regressing is going well. It is a good thing to see. She creeps in our room and sleeps on our bedroom floor some nights. She is playing with toddler toys and pretending a lot which is fun to watch. It can be rather crazy having a pubescent tween one minute and a pre-schooler the next. Maybe exhausting is a better term than crazy!
The actually schooling is going well. We are reading a lot, doing math and grammar, word puzzles and she is doing a project on Ethiopia. For those of you who have ever wondered about homeschooling, I promise you the time actually spent with papers and workbooks is not as much as you think it is. It is so easy to educate doing everyday errands and trips.
Just the other day I took her voting with me. A real live civic class. At the grocery store she filmed a commercial about healthy food vs. junk food. Scavenger hunts at the library and teaching her how to look up books on the library computer is fun, easy and real life.
So I am happy with our decision to home school Enu, but I am tired and looking forward to a break once she starts back to school in January. I don’t know if I could handle the homeschooling full-time, and my hat goes off to those who do, but I do know that I will do it again if I see that one of my kiddos needs it.
I hope that this inspires people to know that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Giving your child what they need can change from time to time. As parents it is important to think out of the box at times and go with your gut.