Friday, January 11, 2019

No.209: The Good List // Vol.02

a little list of things I noticed this week

I focused on the lens of homeschooling for my list this week.  Being responsible for my children's education is both a privilege and a cross.  Can I admit that out loud?  On most days, I'm thankful for the opportunity to let my children learn at the pace they need with the materials that help them the most.  This situation is truly the best for our family right now, but geez, it's hard.  I'm learning that dichotomy of good/hard is true for a lot of worthwhile things in life.
A few things I noticed this week:
  • I somehow managed to sleep past 7am on the first day back - I never sleep past 7am.  I then managed my time so poorly that I taught school in my flannel pajamas!  Lesson: getting back into a routine takes time for everyone, including me.  Be gentle.
  • S may have some hints of dyslexia and that saddens me for her sake.  I'm choosing not to dwell on the negative because it's not my first rodeo (this will be my third) and I know I can do this.
  • I'm always amazed at how much they recall from things I've read aloud.
  • The awkward way my son still holds his pencil - it's something I tried and tried to fix, but now have decided that it's just something that makes him unique.


kindergarten enthusiasm ("One more page, mama? Please please please?")
brand new sharpened pencils
when they make connections across subjects
listening to J read aloud to his big brother
the look of pride on their faces when they struggle but succeed
little doodles drawn while I read aloud
finding movies that connect with material we're learning about
an afternoon warm enough to send everyone out for extended "recess"
when everyone does their work without complaint

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