As I sit here and scroll through my Facebook feed, I see a lot of moms worrying and feeling anxiety over their children going to school today. I ask myself, why do they put themselves through that? I know, to each their own. But I still wonder.
My concerns for school this year are finding a math and english book that I can afford to buy for 6th grade.
That’s all I need for this school year. What an awesome feeling really! Only a couple of items for the whole year.
My son already has all of his books because he just uses what his sister has already used. I don’t need to get school clothes because we don’t have a need for those. And materials? I believe I have plenty to see us through for a while.
I had decided to delay my school start up in English and Math for October because I was supposed to be working most of September. Unfortunately things happened that created it near to impossible for me to work. So, I can now replan my plan.
I had planned for History, Bible and reading already. Although, we are already behind because I wanted to start 2 weeks ago. But again, things happened that delayed it.
Fortunately, it’s my homeschool, so I can do that.
My planning for now will not require much history because I believe it’s not needed at this moment. My daughter likes to play school, as most of us do or did as children. But she has a very strict way to play it, and the same goes for how she plays house. She likes it to be very realistic.
She plans out her day and schedule according to how a real public school would be. She then plans out each class and subject matter, along with giving herself little assignments. This is the very reason why I have always kept all kinds of books on my homeschool library shelves! She has learned a lot on her own by reading history books, social studies books and lots others.
This is homeschooling people!!
Another thing that she likes to do is make a plan and schedule, along with assignments for her brother. So when he plays with her, (when he can stand the strict schedule for a whole day!) he also learns.
Daughter has gone online to see what the middle school here has for classes. She then makes her classes as similar as she can to that school. She wakes up at 7am, gets ready, pretends to “go to school” and plays that schedule for most of the day, if not all. It is so weird to me that she can be so strict in her play and imagination, but not in her real life.
But she does make my job easier this way. *wink wink
Of course, this kind of play will not last a full year, so I will have to do some work.
Just knowing that they are learning is all I need to feel accomplished at homeschooling. I don’t care about grades, how they compare to other children or if they can remember dates and numbers. They are learning. And most importantly, doing it on their own.
Self-guided learning. What more could a homeschool parent ask for?