So we’ve officially made it 1/6 of the way through our experimental year of homeschooling. The early start we got in August means we’ve now completed 31 days (of the required 180).
I decided to take a poll at the dinner table tonight because I thought it would be interesting to see how (if at all) everyone’s perspectives and opinions will change throughout the year.
The conversation went like this . . .
M: So, we’re 1/6 of the way through our school year! Can you believe it?
M: How does everyone feel about homeschooling now?
Kids: Umm. Great? (I think perhaps they thought this was a trick question?)
M: OK. So who thinks they might want to go back to (insert name of previous school) next ye. . .
(interrupted by yelling)
Well then. I guess our 1/6 of the way through the school year update is that 3/3 of our student body has 0/3 desire to go back to regular school next year. I wonder how they will feel about that closer to Christmas? Or Spring Break? Or Summer? I guess time will tell!
I admit their adamant and unanimous reactions made me very curious about their reasons! So, I did ask why they felt this way. I received a cacophony of reasons, basically boiling down to the same issue . . . that (previous school) was too hard. Hahahaha! (Do what???!!)
Now, I’m especially baffled by this because we are doing almost the exact curriculum as their school counterparts this year (yes, I admit it, I was too gun-shy to veer too far off the beaten path with our curriculum choices). I pointed this fact out, along with the newsflash that they are actually doing MORE work right now because we have extra time for me to add in subjects they wouldn’t be taking at school right now – like creative writing, art, piano, current events, Lego (yes, that’s right), drama, and coming soon, typing and French – but no matter! They are convinced that this is easier, so for now I’m going to let it slide! It certainly plays to my advantage!! 😉
Or maybe they just feel that way because we did this before school this morning?
Or because they are currently curled up on the couch in their PJs watching “Chicken Run” and eating fudgesicles, instead of racing around getting homework finished or going to bed early for “school” tomorrow?
Either way, it works for right now. Which means so far, 1/6 of the year has been a success.