Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Home schooling pros and cons

We began school last week. We took full advantage of our freedom as home schoolers to finish our summer before turning back to school work. After such a long break, I had forgotten some things about home schooling that can be troublesome.
One thing is that baby always climbs on the table and plants herself/himself in the middle of the action. That first day, as I sat there watching this unfold, I thought back to eleven years ago when Joshua was the baby and it was our first year of kindergarten with the twins. Joshua would do the same thing, getting himself right in the middle of all the action, ripping papers and spilling school supplies all around. Lots of home school moms have all kinds of organized plans for avoiding this (like putting the baby behind a gate) but I am just not one of those moms. So the baby is often plopped smack in the middle of whatever we are doing, until I can take a moment to put her back on a chair where she belongs. I think it's annoying now, but I bet it will be one of the things we laugh about (and think back fondly on) over the years!
Beth and Josh hard at work.
On the other hand, here is one of the things I love about home schooling. Little people and big people get to spend lots of time together all day long. Here, Josh is doing his math while Jeffrey and Anna sit next to him playing. I love that! So when you pick up a stick, you really do pick up both ends of the stick. I suppose it's worth it to me because, although the little ones bring chaos in their wake, they also bring a lot of love and sweetness too.
Completed bird feeders--everyone was very happy about their efforts, though we haven't seen any more birds around to observe yet.


Dianna said...

I think there are definitely more pros, especially since your kids have such a GREAT teacher!

Helene said...

Ah, such a lovely family! I am looking at your homeschooling with new eyes as I am homeschooling my Liam this year. It's certainly an adventure!

RAQ said...

Amazing! I thought about it once... I feel very blessed the schools here are actually pretty good and I do what I can to supplement at home.

liz said...

So darling. Look at you! You are now in the "wise and experienced homeschooling mom" arena! Isn't that nice compared to years ago? Pat yourself on the bag and have one of your beautiful children give you a hug from me!

I am sending a friend to you who is thinking about homeschooling-Amy. So if you get an email from her, you'll know. Best wishes! Love you all!