Cabin fever has set in and this is the time of year when I am also ready for the school year to be over. I keep telling myself only three months to go, we are almost there!
I have been approached by a few outsiders to home schooling and they marvel at my ability to do it. In reality my home school philosophy seems to live on, fake it until you make it and buy a curriculum. Three quarters almost done, one and a half more to go, but who is counting? The teacher of course!
Some days we are wonderfully organized, a lot gets accomplished and I feel like I actually taught them something. Other days it is complete chaos and it seems school is done every where except sitting down at the table. While my type A personality cringes at our structure some days, or lack there of, I know they are learning. I see their progress and excitement to learn.
One of the biggest things that has helped our home school day run more smoothly is being consistent with starting at a set time. Even if I am still in my pajamas and Grace is screaming, school goes on. I need to give credit where credit is due, the boys do a terrific job of sitting and doing their work even if I am not always in the room.
An amazing blessing for us this year has been enrolling them in Catholic School House, a home school coop. It has been a great tool in their education. The kids do choir, art, science, history and geography and are in a classroom setting. They even get up in front of the class and give speeches every few weeks. It has been a proud mommy moment to watch them blossom and become more independent as they enjoy their time with friends, participate in the classroom and have such confidence and poise in delivering their speeches.
Even though there are days when the task of being the teacher seems to be too much I am so thankful that we home schooled this year. I treasure all of the moments and memories I get to have with them every day and it has been so beautiful to see them develop such a loving bond for their little sister.
Plus a bonus of home schooling, administration calls for an early dismissal when it’s 60 degrees in February.