It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted to this blog. Moving, along with the other stresses of our lives these last two years, dried up my words. But I’ve lain awake the last two nights making up blog posts in my head, so it seems it’s time to start again. If only I could remember those sleepy (and oh so brilliant!) words. Oh well, I’ll just make do.
It has been more than 100 degrees here for almost two and a half months. The heat is oppressive. It hasn’t rained in so long the sight of our still green front lawn (thanks to an irrigation system) causes more guilt than pride. Everywhere we look the ground is baked, dry, brown.
And in this climate, school started this week.
The books have been rolling in for the last month. Math, science, history. Grammar, spelling, phonics, and handwriting. We have a room and bookshelf dedicated to our learning. We painted the room a cheery yellow, and hung curtains in anticipation.
But wow, what a disaster reality was.
The academics were fine. Enjoyable, even. The logistics, on the other hand, were just plain terrible. Letty was a complete distraction. Jett misses visiting with his friends (oh the irony). Carlos wants to zoom through his phonics book faster than I can keep up. Both boys want to do science every day, and at the rate they want to pursue it, we will finish a year’s curriculum by Thanksgiving.
I forgot to give myself a break, and by Thursday was a crying mess, sure I was a failure.
After a weekend of regrouping (and encouragement from friends and family), I’m ready to try again.
Suffice it to say, I never imagined I would learn this much, too, from our homeschooling adventure. I’ve always assumed teachers had all the answers. I never realized they were also learning, trying to figure out the best way to teach this or that. The best way to manage a classroom of kids in different places academically, socially, and emotionally. It seems small and pitiful to say I have a new respect for teachers. But it’s true, in a profound way I’ve never known how to mean before.
So come on Monday.