Friends ask how it is going a lot and I hate that question, here's why; the kids don't like it. Try as I may, they just do not like it. A few weeks ago a kind friend informed me he was never into school as a boy. I totally had a lightbulb moment, remembering back to when they boys were in public school. They would rave about recess or lunch time but math? No. Creative Writing? Never. So why did I keep trying to reel them in? (Feeling like a failure when I could not and when people would ask about it.)
It is a huge struggle for me in general. They are so good with just a worksheet or quiz, not really wanting to explore a subject or go deeper in anyway. I am trying to make it a life of learning and curiosity but they are just ready to memorize and regurgitate.
I carry on though! This is a bit of what we have been up to.
My very well-traveled friend, Heidi had us over to teach the boys all about Holland! Such a fun day of treats and new ideas. The boys already are making plans to visit. We hope to do another country before school is out. Thanks, Heidi. This homebody really values your experiences!
( Sorry the links don't work.) We studied Da Vinci for many weeks. The boys made a mask about a Roman god and had to write a wedding tribute from that god's perspective. Apparently this was a theme for a lavish wedding Leonardo was hired for.
This book was recommended to us back in September. Collin enjoys the change from me and the special time with dad but Collin HATES reading. So strange for us after our other boys love of reading. There may be something going on here but we are still in the "give him time" stage. The thing is, Collin excels at memorization so he rocks at sight words but the sounding out and blending sounds seems like a waste of effort for him. Anyway, that is just a lil bit of where he is at.
None of this is ground breaking, I have just been surprised at how many everyday life opportunities I was not capitalizing on. The main area of growth in this has been our faith. We memorize Scripture every week and read through the Bible, keeping a journal. This is like Family Devotion 101 but our family never really set that up so it is new for us. Then when Matt is home, he joins in the discussions and they are richer and more real to the boys.
Still working on the social part. They of course have each other, a lot of family, a few friends in the neighborhood, Parker and Kaleb go to a youth group, and the older 3 just started lacrosse. But hey, 6 months ago we didn't live here so that will take time.
No matter if they remain home schooled or not, a lot of this will remain part of our everyday. I am missing my alone time but I truly love having them around and figuring out how they learn best. I want them to thrive, we have been in survival mode for far longer than I realized.