Thursday, November 4, 2010
School Days: October
Sigh. School in October is always rough. The new school year high is gone and you're getting excited about the holidays and school becomes a have tuh rather that a get tuh.
This October has been particularly challenging for us b/c I am having what I'm calling "a mid semester crisis." I'm realizing that I am a school teacher at heart...but that doesn't translate very well to home schooling. If I could have desks and a whole little school room I would. As it is, I've turned my kitchen into a school room. This was fine last year when I had one side dedicated to school, but I decided that one wall would be for kindergarten and the other side would be for Suz. Two sets of alphabets (one cursive) maps, colors, shapes, numbers, calendars and on and on. And lots of workbooks. I have decided that this is not what HOME school is all about to me. And it's not what I want my kids education to be about. I don't want to give them a school education at home.
There are many reasons we homeschool!! Quality of education is definitely one. I don't think that the quality of education I'm giving my kids this year is any different that what they could get anywhere else. I want their education to be rich. To be fun. To be exciting. And most of all to longed for. Suzannah doesn't like school. What does that say when you are homeschooling? I'll tell you what it says, it says I'm doing something wrong. So, for the month of October we have taken a break from circle time (although that is something we WILL keep) and have just done the musts. Handwriting, math and reading.
I have been researching and praying and searching for the school style that works for us. I want it to be RICH. Rich is a good word to describe what I'm looking for. I want education to be more than workbooks. Every family does what is best for their family! I am realizing that what we are doing is not what is best for us. So in my little crisis I found what I think we need. It's a completely different approach to education than I've been using. I'm excited about getting started after Christmas, although we are making some gradual changes now.
My prayer is that this change will reignite their love of learning. That they will see education as living and learning like breathing. That they will look forward to our school time b/c it's exciting! And that I will be able to provide an education for them that is rich.
Is life all about fun and exciting things? No. I what them to be able to do hard things and things that they don't enjoy w/ a good attitude. That is part of character study. It's another thing that we will not get rid of. But learning SHOULD be fun and exciting. And even if copy work or word problems aren't fun and exciting, I hope that they will realize the end to the means and find that exciting. I want to be better about making life a learning experience and for them to love it.
So that's the update. I WILL have pictures for this month's recap and more details. Maybe less ranting...maybe not?! Ha! I don't want to feel flakey. I'm looking at this the same way I look at parenting. You do what works. If it isn't working you change it. So here we go. ;)