Posts Tagged ‘Homeschooling’

Welcome Back To School, Son

January 8, 2019

I get bored sometimes too, son, so . . . I get it.  I really do.  Heck, I’m bored right now, truth be told.  You don’t need my help in class at the moment, but I need to stay available in case that changes because that’s my job.  It’s not just an important job, it’s important to me that I do it and do it well, but perpetually thrilling it is not because I assure you that getting you a snack so you can keep your focus on class is never the highlight of my day.

It’s okay to be bored though.  Bored happens, and what you’re doing right now is exactly the right way to handle it.  You’re quietly keeping yourself busy while still paying enough attention that you know what’s going on so you can focus your attention fully when it’s needed.

Just like I am right now, in fact.

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Especially If We Can Get It All Done Today

November 20, 2018

People keep asking me if I’m thankful that the construction around here is done, and while the answer is a weary “yes,”  I’ll be more thankful once we’ve caught up on the last of the school work we’re still behind on because of all the disruptions over the past three months.

The Entry Is Now F Syl (For Syllabus)/CU

October 22, 2018

Despite my schedule snark last Friday, over the weekend I told my son that come Monday we’d be doing our best to have a school schedule again even though the interruptions here aren’t quite done yet.  I told him we’d just have to be flexible.

Keeping that in mind, I started drafting out our ideal time schedule with entries like “M Work” for Monday, and time blocks for doing “Catchup work” should the need arise.  This worked fine until I reached Friday, a traditional light school load day in case we need to do a lot of catchup work to finish off the week.  To make the entry fit, I filled it in as “F Work/CU”.

Then I said it aloud.

By The Reports It’s Surprisingly Low

August 15, 2018

Today for absolutely no reason I decided to look up the rate of alcoholism among educators . . .

But Enough Of My Own Griping

May 17, 2018

The school year is wrapping up here, and we’re on the final push.  We should be able to finish the last of the necessary work today, then there can be some celebration and rest.

I’ll let you know tomorrow how it went.

What Did You THINK I Meant?

October 12, 2017

“Right,” I said out loud this morning.  “Time to get the tape and the coconut oil.”

It was at this point I became aware of questioning adult eyes upon me.

“They’re needed for a science project demonstrating why spiders don’t get stuck to their own webs,” I clarified with a chuckle.

Me: Exactly!

August 16, 2017

My son, L. (six years old),  while working on a school worksheet:  These really are tricky letters!

Me:  Yep.  Definitely truth in advertising on this one.

L.:  There is truth in advertising.

Me:  Well . . . not always, but in this case, yes.

L.:  There is truth . . . and there is advertising.

But I’m Going To Put Mine On Now

May 25, 2017

Today is my son’s last day of kindergarten, and I’m feeling . . . maudlin, not because time continues to pass, but because he is profoundly unimpressed by this day.

Up to a point, I understand.  I’m not one to enjoy pomp and circumstance myself (I remember arguing with my parents about me not wanting to “bother” with attending my high school graduation ceremony.), but we both walked a hard road together, son, and it’s okay to acknowledge that fact.

And, again, no, you don’t “have to” wear the party hat.

Back In The Saddle Again

February 27, 2017

So it’s been a long hiatus, but after spending the last six months or so learning the ropes of how to homeschool my son, I’m finally resuming writing again.

No regrets on shifting my focus away from writing for so long, but it’s good to be back in the saddle again because writing is one of those callings you get saddle sores if you don’t do it for too long.

Like Your Child Completing Their Schoolwork On Schedule With Only A Minimal Amount Of Complaining For A Change

February 13, 2017

Some days victories come in small doses, but even lesser victories are victories none the less.