Posts Tagged ‘Homeschooling’

That One Still Gets To Me

March 1, 2022

Homeschooling a child can (obviously) be frustrating at times, but over time I’ve learned to roll with most things. Setbacks and delays no longer bother me much, and sometimes they don’t bother me at all . . .

. . . except when after a long series of setbacks and delays I am then reminded that “vacation is coming up.”

“Interpreting Context Clues”

February 4, 2020

“So that’s how she ended up leaving the building with a police escort and sporting a lovely new set of bracelets!” I finished my story at the dinner table last night.

My son chuckled.  “That’s a funny way of saying she got handcuffed,” he said.

His mother (who’s been taking point on our son’s school recently) beamed with pride.  “You definitely get an “A” in school today for that!” she told him.

Flabergasted, I turned to her and asked, “What exactly are you teaching him?!”

I Hadn’t Heard That One Before, So I’m Glad I Let Him “Babble-On” For A Bit

January 6, 2020

Today as part of our first day back to school following the break, my son and I were discussing ancient civilizations and the importance of rivers when he asked me if I wanted to hear a joke.

I told him I wanted to stay focused on what we were talking about, but he assured me it related, so I (reluctantly) told him to go ahead.

“As I learned from The Mister Peabody Show,” he announced, “sometimes even the Queen of ‘De-Nile‘ needs to let out her inner ‘Tigris.'”

And We Were Both Okay With That . . . More Or Less

November 5, 2019

“Are you ready for school?” I asked my son this morning.

There was no verbal answer from him, but his body language answered my question clearly enough.

“Not really thrilled with the idea, huh?”

“Not really,” he agreed.

Feeling the same way, I nodded in understanding.  “Well . . .” I said, “let’s get started anyway and see how it goes.”

“Are you saying ready or not it’s time for school?” my son asked me.

“I prefer ‘ready or not, here school comes,'” I admitted with a chuckle, “but that’s more or less what I’m saying, yes.”

But That Might Be Bit Of An Advanced Concept For Third Grade

October 2, 2019

One of the third grade goals for my son this year is to get him more comfortable with timed tests.  Naturally, he wanted to know why this was a goal.

“Lots of things in life are like timed tests, so it’s important to be able to work with time limits,” I told him, then I paused before adding, “In fact, some people would argue that life itself is a timed test.”

Besides, We Don’t Have Any Cows That Need Milking Today Anyway

August 23, 2019

This week has been a particularly stressful one for some reason (*cough-cough* School!); admittedly not as bad as it could have been, but still bad none the less.  So much so that when I woke up this morning the first thing I did was to begin weighing the options for telling my son we should take the day off.

Eventually I decided that while days off don’t get the cows milked (As my grandfather might have possibly said at one point in his life; I don’t know for sure he didn’t, at least.), today I’d rather order pizza than milk cows.

Although Staying Calm Will Help With Survival In General

August 19, 2019

As my son enters 3rd grade, in addition to working on the standard subjects, I’m adding a course I’m simply labeling “Life Skills.”  It’s a work in progress, and will likely end up being a mixed bag of skill sets, so it’s a bit hard to describe precisely at the moment.

When I mentioned this to my son, he asked, “Do you mean things like how to find food in the forest?”.

Chuckling, I responded, “We could add that down the line if you like, but for a starter I was thinking more along the lines of meditation.”

Back To School

August 15, 2019

My son is less than thrilled with this, but in fairness, I feel the same way.  Hopefully the new tools and approach we’re trying this year will sway us, but it’s too early to tell.

Wish us luck.

I’m Fine, But It DOES Reinforce How We All Need To Do Things Differently Next Year

June 26, 2019

I made numerous mentions that my son’s 2nd grade year was hard on all of us, but I didn’t quite realize how hard it had been on me personally until I sat down today to assemble his work portfolio for evaluation and I started having unpleasant emotional flashbacks.

Another Quote To Describe My Mood As We Approach The Second Grade Finish Line

April 24, 2019

What I don’t understand is . . . when you owe a bookie a lot of money, and he, say, blows off one of your toes, you still owe him the money.  Doesn’t seem fair to me.

– Dr. Farthing, Dirty Work