We are still at it. Everyday. Plowing through material. Nailling down concepts. Fighting over details.
Homeschooling is hard. I think it might be harder than traditional teaching, though I feel like I am getting better at it. It’s harder because there is a toddler hanging around needing things. I can’t give Andrew my full attention for too long before Isaac needs something. And Andrew is still learning how to work independently in an effective way, so my full attention is still pretty crucial.
Homeschooling is also hard because the mother:son dynamic is more complicated than the teacher:student dynamic. Well, perhaps on this point, it’s a wash. I know Andrew more thoroughly than I’ve known any of my students. I can pinpoint where he’s at and feel pretty confident about where to take him next. Our lessons are more succinct because of that. But, I’m also VEEEEERY invested in his education, because he’s my son. When a student of mine didn’t understand something, I didn’t take it too personally. I’d just work with him on it. But with Andrew? It can stress me out. Especially since I know he’ll be returning to school at some point and I need to keep him on target. And that is where the mother:son dynamic gets tricky.
And the home part of homeschooling is hard too. There’s not the support of a whole school with it’s books and curriculum and manipulatives and teacher prep periods! There is no administration poking their heads in my dining room giving praise and encouragement and making sure to bring perspective parents by MY room because of how smoothly it runs. Ahem. I sort of loved that.
But…you knew there would be a ‘but’ right?…. I love it. I really, really enjoy it. I love learning with Andrew and watching him grow. It’s really, really hard work. But, as these things tend to go, it’s really, really rewarding too.
It looks like Andrew will be returning to school this Spring. I’m not sure when, but I’ll keep you posted. The program is pretty fantastic and it needed to be for me to consider it. I’m getting pretty fussy about these things because we got pretty burned last fall and I don’t think we’ve fully recovered yet. Bleh. But, while I’ve still got him home there are a few more things I want to do. And one of them is recording what this experience has been like for me and him and us. And so, I guess this post is Part 1 of that process.
Yesterday we met up with the Johnstons. We’ve been studying cities…what cities have, what cities need, landmarks in our cities. We read about the Brooklyn Bridge, it’s history and construction and made models of it. I love the Brooklyn Bridge. And I think now the kids do too! (and they ate up that terrible raspberry bread just like Susan said they would!)
We’ve finished our study of the human body and I wanted to share with you some of Andrew’s drawings. He IS the next Tim Burton, I tell you! ;)
There are lines here and there for bones, circles in his fingers and shoulders for muscles, and enormous eyes. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture.
hmmm….Sorry. This was a long and rambling post. Who made it to the end?!? Mom? Anybody? gulp.
Tomorrow’s will be shorter. Promise.