Some time ago I read Danielle Bean’s article on how and why she both loves and hates homeschooling. I couldn’t put it much better.
I am so tired at the moment that it would be easy to just hate the whole darn process; but there are moments in the day that make me smile and think, “Well I would never see that at school.” I watched Avila using her Math U See manipulatives to work out a sum and made each of them a character telling each other how the sum should go.
This morning at the chiropractor Ronan read stories to the girls while I was duly crunched, stretched and needled. They all got a brief lesson in dry acupuncture as opposed to needles that take blood. There’s a pelvis and spine there too that the children have looked at and the chiropractor has told them about the spinal nerves and how they work.
Of course some of the stuff that happens here that would never happen (or perhaps rarely) in school is having to empty the potty in the middle of a Latin translation.
Today we made ‘acid rain’ on a bit of chalk to watch erosion and then used universal indicator to test how acid or alkaline our local (back garden) rain water is; it came out neutral.
Then there’s toddler story time.
We read “Oh Say Can You Seed?” and planned the seeds and beans we want to grow and the terrariums we are going to plant up.
Sometimes all I want to do is curl up in a corner and sleep. I have to fit in housework, cooking, trips to Beavers and doctors and God knows what else-and there are times I truly wish I didn’t have to.
But all of it is so so much better for them than the national curriculum, tick boxes and lining up. Why does Badman want to end this all?
QUESTION: Does anyone know a supplier for universal indicator paper? We use it quite a bit and I would like to get in more supplies.