I haven’t written a post on homeschooling in a while, probably because I’m too busy doing it to write about it–or about anything.
Last time I homeschooled, John worked in an office and had a full-time staff. This time, the office is the house and the staff is me. Mostly this works out fine, with me getting Lorelei started on a task, which she can work on here in the office with me while I attend to my own work. But sometimes, involved in whatever I am doing, I lose track of her and how long (very very long) it is taking to do her math or whatever. She has been known to even wander away while I am otherwise occupied. So I need to work on that. [This was an ongoing problem that I am happy to say has improved a lot in this, our last homeschooling year.]
Another challenge is that I have had to leave the house during the school day more frequently lately. Jake’s injury [A tendon in his pinky severed by a box cutter while cutting drywall to patch a hole in our basement] means twice weekly therapy appointments as well as doctor visits. If Emily isn’t home, Lorelei has to come along. We don’t do well with disruptions to the routine.
Still, at the moment I would call homeschooling a qualified success. Lorelei is certainly happy! She has no desire to go back to school (judging from how she acts when I threaten her with it when she is bad!). I’ve already written about some of the fringe benefits of homeschooling.
Here’s what’s going well:
We are going to Mass once a week, on Wednesday mornings. There’s a 9:00 a.m. Mass at All Saints, just five minutes away from us. Lorelei looks forward to going, and that makes me happy. She actually suggested we should go on First Fridays too, so we are going to start doing that this month. After Mass we walk on the walking trail and Lorelei plays on the playground.
We are on track with our spelling program, and Lorelei never misses more than one word. She’s never going to be a spelling bee champ and thank God for that.
We’ve finished two reading books already!
We’ve memorized the Beatitudes and the Corporal Works of Mercy and are almost finished with the Spiritual Works of Mercy.
We are exactly where we should be in the English book.
We went on a great field trip to the symphony last week.
Here’s where we could use improvement:
Lorelei does not like math, and since we were doing it toward the end of our day, it sometimes got skipped. In the second quarter, we’ve moved it earlier in our school day to combat that tendency. [Math remains a struggle.]
We need to move faster in Social Studies. We’ve only done half the states, and I want to have the whole state part of Social Studies finished by Christmas so that we can do Presidents the second half of the year.
Another thing Lorelei hates is Penmanship. I’m trying not to stress out about this too much–I still want her to learn cursive, but my goal of doing all work in cursive isn’t going to happen this year. [Never happened, never will.]
I want to incorporate more field trips. Originally I had hoped to take one every week, or at least every other week, but all the interruptions for doctor appointments have made that difficult.
So that’s where we are, almost three months in. And having written it out, as so often happens, I feel even better about it. 🙂
The first year of anything is usually the worst; and education is a patient process.
I’m so you are right!