We are over 6 months into the first year of homeschooling.
Whatever fears I had in the beginning~ I can hardly remember them.
I love this teaching thing.
They love it, too.
It might just be our best decision yet.
It took a while to settle into it.
The three of us sat crying on Niamh's bedroom floor on the third day of school.
That memory makes me laugh now.
It just took a little time to get in the groove and figure out what homeschool looks like for us.
It is probably very different for everyone.
I am not a schedule person; so our day is very flexible.
Sometimes we homeschool in pajamas.
And sometimes we pack it up and do parts during errands/driving/etc.
We usually start school in the late morning/early afternoon.
We spread out all over the kitchen... books, music, crayons, papers, coffee... it is messy and wonderful.
On Monday, we ditched school and drove to Philadelphia to see a Pompeii exhibit at the Franklin Institute. On Wednesday, we worked hard to make up the missed school day's work~ and then decided that a super late-night Mr. Peabody and Sherman movie was in order. (CUTE. go see it.) We had the whole theater to ourselves and may or may not have danced to the end credits. Who knows.
I love teaching Spanish most.
(Rosetta Stone kicks booty...and is easily supplemented with worksheets and activities.)
I have learned so much, because I have had to put the time and effort into figuring out what specific things I believe, especially in the Science and Bible subjects. (Insert: hours and hours of reading after kiddos' bedtimes.)
We have had hard conversations about creation.
We have talked about beauty and thankfulness.
Niamh is obsessed with King Tut and Egypt and wants to be an archeologist.
Philly read his first chapter book. On Elvis. (Check out the Who Is ____ books on Amazon. My kids love them.)
Phil reads to them a lot on his days off.
And teaches them magic tricks...which I have argued are not a part of our curriculum.
He doesn't care.
There are definitely hard moments.
But there always are in anything worthwhile.
A few years ago, I would never have imagined us going this route.
But I am so thankful we found our way to it.
As a family, we have spent hours upon hours together; learning, laughing, talking, and just being with and next-to one another. There is beauty in that.
My goals have shifted greatly in the past few months.
And I like the feeling of excitement that accompanies new hopes and dreams.
Teaching our kids is an awesome gift.
It is my most favorite thing to do.
Each day is an adventure.
And I love being able to explore tomorrows together.