Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Today we saw Oceans. It was a great movie. I felt good about it as a homeschool-type activity, especially afterward when all the kids were talking at once about their favorite parts. Maggie even remembered that I wanted to be a Sea Otter when the Sea Otters were being spotlighted.

I guess even something as simple as a movie can turn into an educational experience.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Everyday Lessons

Yesterday Maggie made an invention. She ran yarn from the door at the top of the stairs, down to the basement and around the corner. She then tied a stick on the end and found that if she pulled the yarn, the door upstairs would close. When I discovered this, I asked her what it was. I fully expected some magical name, but she simply responded with "It's a pulley, mom".

Like, duh.

Of course I should fully expect my 6 year old to know what a pulley is, and how to make one. Simply though, this little contraption filled me with hope that I can do this homeschool thing. I really can!

Yesterday we also went kayaking. While making lunch, I asked the kids to do some simple math problems. I used my favorite family as an example. I had them figure out that if we had 18 kids like the Duggars, and each kid ate half a sandwich, how many would we have to make? It only took my nephew Gabe about 30 seconds to figure it out. We then expounded on that problem by adding in people, making bigger sandwiches, and accounting for parents eating more than one.

I don't think the kids even realized they were learning! It was magical! I told them afterward that they couldn't go home without having learned something that day! It's these everyday lessons that I need to be more aware of as I follow this path.

I know we're doing the right thing. I also know it won't always be this simple or exciting. But it's what I need right now at the beginning.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Anixous Much?

I'm having doubts. Can I really do this? Can she really do this? Will I be able to stay on top of things and organized enough to actually make a dent in my child's educational needs?

I look around and see women that are so much more organized than I am, so much more patient than I am, so much smarter than I am, and they don't homeschool their kids. What if I'm constantly losing things and running around trying to find things and completely missing the boat on "teaching time"? Will she learn anything from me?

I know all these questions will eventually solve themselves, but sitting here, on this precipice of a life changing endeavor, all I really have are questions. I can only hope that one day she'll surprise me with a bit of knowledge that I never realized she had picked up on. Or that she will take a keen interest in a subject without me prompting her, and she'll learn things I would have never thought to teach.

I know she's smart and capable. Now if only I could keep that same confidence in myself!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Day 1

Well, today was Maggie's last day of Kindergarten. Yes, I know it's Wednesday. It seems more appropriate to pull her out on a Friday, I know, but today is also Emma's last day because D Track goes off track today. I thought this would give Mags and Emma some sort of autonomy for then next few weeks.

I had major anxiety about taking her out of school today. I didn't realize it would hit me like it did. Her teacher and friends were sad to see her go, and Maggie was sad to go. It makes me second-guess myself, which I hate, but I know I'm doing the right thing.

I'm sure the next few days will be filled with lots of vegging in front of the TV and hanging out outside. Then I'll send Emma back on track and Maggie and I will adjust to life at home.

Interesting things to come, I'm sure.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Preparing For, Well, I Don't Even Know

We have 2 days until we'll officially have our middlest daughter pulled out of school to be home taught.

I'm terrified.

And excited.

I have no idea what I'm in for.

I hope to put together a bunch of good ideas and post them here on this blog, both for my own reference and yours, and also as a way to see (any) progress we make throughout the next year.

Stay tuned.