Thursday, May 28, 2015

It is May freakin 28. What. Just, What.

Tomorrow, we reach the last day of our last unit study. Tomorrow, is our last day of school. Tomorrow we have a kid who is finished with Kindergarten, and tomorrow, my first year as "teacher" is in. The friggin. BAG.

BOOM, y'all. Husband says it feels like he can't remember a time when our days didn't roll around our "school time", but I, for one, cannot BELIEVE that we've already finished a year.  Last August, my daughter didn't know what a math problem looked like. Now, she whips through flash cards in seconds. Last August, she was struggling to read a 3 letter word. Last week, she read a few pages in one of her chapter books, independently. I'm not totally sure, but I'm thinking she's actually, successfully, learned a couple things. I'm thinking this is what they call, a "win".

So, since I completely, totally, and utterly failed at keeping a chronology of our homeschool experience, here's  another quick highlight reel:

In Kindergarten:

We raised butterflies...

We really loved butterflies...

We hunted for pinecones and made peanut butter bird feeders...

We visited the zoo...

We belonged in the zoo...

We shared some sweet penguin loves...

We totally ditched school. Went to the beach. Twice. Nope. Thrice.

We reached day 100, and we kept on chuggin!
I feel like it's important to note something here: In this household, getting dressed  has become a low priority activity. No, I'm not proud of that fact. I'm also probably not going to change any time soon. There's about 300 things about me and my home that I'd like to change, so "getting the kids dressed everyday" is going to have to get its butt IN LINE. On the bright side, our kindergartener has developed an interest in "fashion", so she's working to change our pajama-school trend, albeit with her own... unique... take on current trends.

A lot of people have asked me over the past year if we intend to keep homeschooling. "Aren't you BUSY?" "Isn't it HARD?" And the answer, of course, is always yes. It's hard. I'm stressed. Our house is frequently a disaster, and I frequently feel torn between my obligations at my job and my obligations toward my children.

But the long and the short of it, in case you couldn't tell: I just like it. We like it. And we'll keep doing it because, even though I get stressed out and tired, and haven't found time to write on the internets more than half a dozen times in the entire school year, it's still a really good time. I still love seeing my kids learn. I still love reading them stories. I love crafts, and science, and watching little hands and little minds learn and strengthen and grow. IT'S AMAZING. It's worth the sleepless frustration that is becoming a parent. And for this lady, it's not the part of my life I'm willing to pass off into someone else's hands.

So first grade, watch your back. Cuz we are totally coming at you.


... Now that I think about it though, if I could get some sort of tax funded program to come clean my home for 7 hours a day, well, then we'd be cooking with gas...

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