thoughts on school

I find myself comparing homeschooling to traditional schooling a lot lately. I’ve been noticing pros and cons of each in the past couple of weeks. At school Andrew is writing more than I could get him to write. He’s learning to read music (!) and experimenting with batteries and electricity. But, he also picked up a nasty virus that he probably wouldn’t have picked up if he were still home.

I feel really glad about where he’s at right now. His days feel full and rich. I am really hopeful that this setting will work out for the long haul. But I am also really appreciating the time we had at home.

Spending a few months homeschooling him reinforced to me what my role can be in his education. When he gets home from school, he does his homework, but then we pick up where we left off on his reading and do a few extra things that were not assigned, but that he gets a lot out of and finds fun. I like being an integral part in his education. It was easy for me before to take a backseat to school and leave it up to them to teach him. But I think I was underestimating how much we could supplement things at home.

It’s just kind of nice, that’s all.

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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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4 Responses to thoughts on school

  1. Plume says:

    Sounds like Andrew is doing great and really enjoying his new school. And you seem like a great mamma. :-)

  2. Amy says:

    I think a lot of parents underestimate their influence on their child’s education. It can be so easy to think that school takes care of things and yet a few simple things make a huge difference, it is great to hear that Andrew is coping so well with the new routine :-)

  3. Melissa says:

    Did you ever look at the blog that Kirsten showed us a while back? It’s written by a mom whose kids go to school, but she considers herself an unschooler, too. It’s very cool to see moms like you, who actively participate in education in so many different ways.

  4. erin cherry says:

    I think its great how proactive you are with your boys’ education. I have so many neglected students whose parents have no tenderness for them or interest in their day. I’ve seen a few parent/child interactions just this week that break my heart. You’re doing such great things for Andrew and Isaac!

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