Why the neglect? Why has the garden gone to pot? Why haven't I vacuumed under the bed in over six months (who am I kidding, I never vacuum under the bed, Mom usually does). Why are there a hundred and sixty-two items on the "ToDo" list that still haven't been crossed off?
Well, I do have a small excuse. Actually, that excuse isn't that small anymore; she weighs in around fifty pounds. And even though we've been teaching her things for years now, we "officially" started school at the beginning of September (i.e. had to file with the local powers-that-be to make sure they can get their $$ even though we're not sending her to school). We've been somewhat involved with a local homeschooling group for two years now, but there never seemed to be much that she could join in on. I taught an art class for a small group earlier this summer and found that I really, really enjoyed doing it. So I agreed to do another nine week semester this Fall with the larger group.
Whoever thinks that it's easy to homeschool must be insane. I can't believe how much prep work there was for me (as the teacher) to get a semester of art going. Granted, this is my first time pretending to be a teacher and I'm sure things will go more smoothly as time goes on, but really, I wouldn't blame a person one bit if they tried homeschooling and ended up putting their kids into a public/private school after finding out how much work was actually involved.
I've been lucky enough to find a homeschooling mentor of sorts. She has four kids; a seven year old, a five year old, a three year old and an eighteen month squishy baby. She has already been through a lot of the stuff with her eldest son, and her girl is the same age as Rhiannon so not only do I get to pick her brain on the things she's already done, but we often get together to do subjects like math, science and reading.
And I finally got around to making Rhiannon her own little school area. Black Susan approves.
I've also been scouring garage sales for the past few years looking for textbooks and other items we can use in our homeschool adventures. And would you look at these golden oldie gems I've come up with:
|Remember seeing commercials for these babies in the 70's?|
|I had the Speak & Math and my sister had the Speak & Spell.|
We were soooo cool back then, not everyone had a computer in 1980.
I'm really liking homeschooling and the occasional teaching stint and I hope to be able to continue it as long as possible. Although once we hit sentence diagramming, I may have to get her a tutor because I totally, thoroughly, absolutely hated those things:
|Does ANYONE ever, ever use these stupid things?|
I had nightmares in grade school when we did them.
I'm convinced the nuns made this shit up just to screw with us.