Posts Tagged ‘Homeschooling’

And That’s What I Did

April 5, 2019

Me (while staring at a project in progress that took two hours of research and back and forth tweaking to make something work):  After all that, I wonder what the odds are that I’ve managed to at least save as much time on the next step as I spent on this one trying to make the next step easier?  Probably best not to dwell on it and just move on.

I Need More Moments Like This

March 25, 2019

Of late my son and I have only rarely gotten along when it comes time to do schoolwork.  While this may be normal, we’ve both come to recognize that we have reached decidedly “unnormal” levels, and we need to change this if we’re going to keep working together.

Today while going over letter blends, my son stopped me so he could give me some examples of each.  “There’s /sw/ like in ‘swim,’ /dw/ like in ‘dwelling,’ and /tw/ like in ‘Twilight Zone,'” he said with an expectant grin.

“Yes,” I replied to his unspoken question.  “I am insanely proud of you right now.”

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Argue While Doing Math Worksheets

March 7, 2019

What I heard:  “It is too!”

What was said:  “It is two.” (As in the answer is two.)

I Remember When Kids Got The Switch For NOT Going To School

March 5, 2019

The following is a paraphrased conversation I had with my son this morning, a conversation that made it clear to me just how much times have changed:

“I know you don’t want to go to class today, and if you like, we can make it a worksheet day instead, but one way or the other you have to do school this morning or no Switch in the afternoon.”

And Things Are Pushing Back

February 8, 2019

Remember when I said the other day that we’re trying to catch up on schoolwork here?

Today we’re on our final push before the weekend.

Now If You’ll Excuse Me, I Need To Supervise The Creation Of A Representation Of A Mohican Village

February 6, 2019

“Okay, while you have a snack I’m going to do a quick Candles & Curses,” I told my son this morning.

“Great!” he said.  “Maybe you could write about my school schedule and how it’s failing!”

Well . . . never let it be said I don’t take requests.

First off, despite my son’s choice of words, his school schedule is not failing, but we are painfully behind schedule because of my being out-of-town for two weeks recently.  Oh, his mother and Lala did an admirable job of keeping things more or less on track in my absence, but then I (and my out of town viruses) came back and threw everything into a tailspin.

Even so, we’ve already knocked out the easy assignments, but the remaining ones are time intensive, so this is shaping up to be a long week.

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.

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 . . .