Anyway. I took Durin’s picture about a month late, because I forgot that he now goes on a different day than the other kids, and did not remember to grab this picture until we were a month in. Also, I should have used black ink on the boards, but hey, there was not enough coffee in my system that early in the morning.This year, we decided to pare down our curriculum quite a bit, and have less structure to our day. That said, I still have to have some structure, because my brain would explode if I didn’t. We let each of the kids decide what they want to learn about outside the core subjects, and got several interesting replies:
- Sword fighting & archery
- Minecraft mods
- Names of species, both plants and animals
- Animal care, horses
- Video Games
I’m growing and changing right along with my kids, though I think they are far more flexible than I am. Still, I do my best. Weekly library trips for books on their chosen topics, as well as DVD’s (though many are badly outdated) and even some free homeschool events have helped a lot already. They seem generally happier this year, though everyday is peppered with plenty of attitude and grumbling. My kids love to learn, but on their own terms. This year seems to be about teaching them that we all have to buckle down and plow through things we don’t enjoy, no matter who we are. Including me.
We also had them evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and to decide what they want to work on for themselves, aside from academics. Books they want to read, things they want to get better at this year, and so forth. I did my best not to prompt them, other than sharing an example of something I wanted to work on in my own character. (Listening better, if you must know.) Among their answers:
- Growing in faith.
- Speaking up.
- Being respectful.
Things are rolling along now, and we are doing fairly well more days than not. Okay, that really depends on the week. But we I am sure doing the very best I can, with a lot more help from Levi. I am still fairly certain I am learning more than they are, actually.
Either way. It’s grueling, but delightful work for me, even if I have to fake the delight more often than I would care to admit. We’ll make it. By God’s grace, we’ll make it.
How goes your school year so far? How are your kids enjoying their academic pursuits? How do you encourage your own kids, when they are reluctant to just buckle down and do what needs to be done, whether it’s homework, chores, or other unpleasant duties?
Grace & Peace,