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.
Chocolate Crackles! Recipe here.