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Fairly Odd Mother

Frantically waving my magic wand to make wishes come true.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

When Homeschooling is Good. . .

. . .it is so very, very good.

I feel like I second-guess, gripe, and bitch about our decision to homeschool a bit much, so I thought I'd post a glimpse of how life goes when things are "working" (even though, like bragging about a baby who is sleeping well, I am sure to incite the wrath of the gods who will screw with my upcoming days).

The main thing that is happening is that we are getting things done. My cardinal rule for getting things done is STAY HOME IN THE MORNING. Nothing screws with our routine more than having to rush out of the house at 9, 10 or even 11. And, even though I tell myself we'll "do school" in the afternoon, it never happens (or if it does, it's ugly---there is a reason some cultures take a siesta).

Also, we have, hallelujah, made some progress in Math with my oldest. Ironically, we are back to the first curriculum we ever purchased, although I would like to kiss our interim program on its big fat mouth for getting us past the days of tears and fighting (for now). I am even (fingers crossed) going to buy the next level up in our math program which probably means we're about to crash and burn again, but I like to live on the edge.

The biggest challenge has been fitting in time for my younger two, but even that is going okay. Jilly is reading (about halfway through this), and started doing grammar and handwriting, although I'd like to get more consistent about doing math with her.

And, the biggest surprise to me is D who is learning to read! He is such an eager beaver about this, it is adorable. So far, his stories have consisted of "see me eat", "see me read" and "mad at me" (hey, I didn't write this stuff), but you would think he is reading Dickens for all the high-fives flying around at reading time.

Finally, the days are getting a bit warmer and brighter, which means the kids are playing outside for hours each day and are well aware that their school friends are not able to do this.

I may be feeling better about myself, too, because I'm exercising again and even have started to read a book. A book! (I've got a couple others you've mentioned waiting in the wings and may even do a few reviews if I can muster up the smarts that are necessary to write book reviews).

So, yeah, things are good.

Now, please excuse me while I wait to see if they sky will fall.


Blogger T with Honey said...

I can relate to that last sentence far too much. When I realize that a lot of good things are happening my very next thought is "Uh, oh!" as I wait for the shoe to drop. Or kick me down.

Hoping that won't happen to you and that the good times keep on rolling.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Issa said...

The sky is falling, the sky is falling....sorry couldn't resist. :)

8:53 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

That does sound like a very nice day. I've only recently trained myself out of my habit of flinching when things are going well...

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, maybe you can give me some tips on getting M even a little interested in learning to read.... I try and be subtle and she doesnt grasp it and when I try and teach her she just gets frustrated and angry.
Dont ask what shes learning in preschool because I dont have any idea....

7:10 AM  
Blogger Creative-Type Dad said...

You're reading Geek Love? That's one of my favorite books of all time.

I'm really want Tim Burton to make it a movie.

2:48 PM  
Blogger said...

I am waiting for the sky to fall, too. Though, after 3 weeks of actual crap being dropped upon our heads, the past few days of a real turn-around is probably well-deserved...

We homeschool our eldest and I am considering bringing my middle child back home, too. I didn't think I'd be scared to try 2 kids, after I conquered 1 kid at home, but it's that same old fear again...

8:11 PM  

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