I realized the other day that at some point during all the chaos- the sick kids, the holidays, and the house under construction– I had neglected to jot down daily notes about our homeschooling days. I am relaxing into a homeschool rhythm!
Folks, it’s been weeks since I jotted anything down in my homeschoolin’ notebook. Clearly, I’ve been slacking in a big way. When I realized this, I didn’t stress about it. To be honest, my immediate reaction was to view the note-neglect in a positive light: we’ve relaxed into the whole homeschoolin’ thing. We have a rhythm, and it’s working at the moment.
Even though it hasn’t been recorded, and even though we’ve had illness and holidays and preschool functions and construction, learning has been happening. Books have been written, paintings created, songs written and sung, and there’s been lots of community service. There have been new words learned in both Latin and Espanol, math completed daily through various channels, and -as always- oodles of reading. The list could go on and on. Left to his own devices, Leo is learning all the time, and he does it joyfully.
People often ask me if it is “hard” to homeschool. Those that know Leo in real life, those who know how intense he can be, often ask how I am doing. They wonder if it is difficult to spend so much time with him, and to be “in charge” of his learning. My answer is a resounding no. If anything, life feels easier, lighter. What a difference a year makes!
I know myself and I have little doubt that I’ll return to jotting down notes, if only because I enjoy such things. While I like to see what we’ve done each day written out in front of me, I don’t need to see it: I witness joyful learning all day long. My understanding of learning has changed. My understanding of schooling has changed. My understanding of homeschooling has changed, and I like what I’m seeing.
Homeschoolers out there, what has changed since you’ve started out? Did it take long to relax into a rhythm? Share here!
It is as true now as it was then that no matter what tests show, very little of what is taught in school is learned, very little of what is learned is remembered, and very little of what is remembered is used. The things we learn, remember, and use are the things we seek out or meet in the daily, serious, nonschool parts of our lives.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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