It’s officially less than a week a way: Back to Educating at Home.
My tween is definitely not looking forward to next week. Back to a pseudo-routine, new lessons, homework, crafts, physical exercise, learning a new language, formal course (or formal for us) on watercolor and painting.
Throw in weekend field trips, some type of volunteer work or give-back opportunities, learning meal prep, more life skills and it can be a bit overwhelming; esp. while I work a full-time job.
Yet, my working and our home education evenings and weekends with assignments completed during the day, work for us. Maybe with my daughter choosing to learn Spanish, I’ll improve my skills as well. There is a small mountain of books for me to go through to prepare her lessons and get myself situated as well.
It is a lot of work home educate (not using a charter). It’s a lot of work to have a full time job and run a household. Regardless of how busy it keeps me, this is a special time with my daughter. We may have mini arguments and attitude about assignment completion, yet, she will remember these days when she has moved onto college and when she starts her own family.
I love the option of not having my daughter receive a cookie-cutter education. More than that, I love she is receiving a Christian education, with Christian texts, and is able to have Bible as one of her core subjects.
Often times, I will have our pastor look at her text books, esp. when I am really excited to use them. Ok, that’s where my inner nerd surfaces. I love books. I hope my daughter eventually reaches my level of excitement. She does enjoy going to the bookstore. I just love reading and if it’s history-based, even better.
One of her projects this year will be to interview various people about their jobs. While she’s still in junior high, it’s not too early for her to think about what she may want to do as a part-time job in her teens or find something she’s passionate about. First hand accounts, from people in specific industries, is more valuable than what you can read about a particular job (imo). It also teaches interviewing and note-taking skills and how to effectively communicate. This project will span over several years. I look forward to comparing her first interviews to her last ones and seeing her growth.
I hope you will join us on this year’s educational journey.