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:
|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!|
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...