It has been two weeks since we started homeschooling, and I think I am hitting my stride. It seems like we all are. I realize that this is very much the “honeymoon” phase and things could take a rough turn, but so far it has been a welcomed change. It’s hard to imagine what I was so afraid of. Our curriculum is quite challenging and I like that, but the boys are behind since they started in the beginning of the book (and all others are a quarter of the way through). The boys are learning at warp speed and seem to be absorbing it all, I just want to make sure they actually retain the information.
One of the more gratifying aspects, has been to see their eyes light up after learning a new concept or fact. I love it because I am learning so much with them! The topics are varied and we’ve discovered everything from Arctic Hares (so cute):
To important information about Alzheimer’s Disease; what biomarkers are, and things like tangles and plaques. I’ve been able to rediscover facts about the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Ages. It’s even been a blessing to crack open old classics like “The Golden Goose” and “Robinson Crusoe” together. Science hasn’t been so hot, as I bombed out on two experiments. Let’s just say, Jim will be taking over that area.
Socially we are actually busier than ever but thankfully, that hasn’t been stressful. We already took a field trip, with another planned this week. The boys are still taking their music lessons, chess club and morning mass. All in all, homeschooling has been better than I expected with a lot of extra bonus blessings weaved in. The biggest challenge has been Garrett. I don’t how families do it with babies! I am sure you adapt (like with anything else) but we are still figuring that out. Poor Gare Bear is feeling left out and letting me know it. We’ll get there. I still nervous about them being where they should be, but I imagine more confidence will come, in time. The important thing is the boys are really learning with enthusiasm, and that was my prayer. So far, so good. 🙂