Last night I completely cleaned out my homeschool cupboard and rearranged it for this coming school year. This is my favorite time of the year. Prepping for next. Alyssa sat with me and said - mom... I know you wont hear many kids say this - but I miss school! Do you think once it is ready I could do a little here and there when I am in the mood? I said - sure hon. And she talked with me about what she loves about homeschool.
I was kinda getting in a slump that all homeschoolers go through - wondering if it would be good to just put them in school. I think it is ok to question and re-evaluate your decision every so often. I always come back to YES I am doing the right thing.
But being in the slump I was - it was wonderful to have a heart to heart with Alyssa and hear all the good I am doing with her.
I think I am struggling with my decision because I am at the hard point with Tristan. Teaching him to read. We are so almost there... but the wall is up. he can read words that I put on paper. But a story he doesn't. I remember the worry and frustration with Alyssa. I shed a few tears for her. And then one day - BAM it happened. The wall crumbled down and the reading happened.
I know that one of these days that is going to happen with Tristan too. And when it does - it opens up so much more into our homeschool experience. Alyssa picks up books and just starts reading. This one book I was saving because I was not ready to go into it with her yet... well she found it and could not put it down last night. It was on the subject of abortion and life before birth. Tough stuff! I was going to go for that one when she was around 12. But she got it and was loving it. I guess I should have trusted good ol Answers in Genesis to make a childrens book fine for tough subjects.
So I am getting ready. And excited for the new year. Now is all the fun of getting in my paperwork and afidavits to school. (however you spell that) July is our casual month. When we are bored we start school. So I want to get my paperwork in asap!
Here are a few pictures of what I have been up to since blogging last.
We moved into a town house in Butler. My half is the one with the fan in the window. I thought this was awesome!