Friday, April 30, 2010

Homeschooling Only Child: Panic Attack Number 554

It has been a couple of months since I have freaked over homeschooling our "super singleton". Because he loves people and is super social it never really get the feeling of him being lonely. Everyday we leave the house post school time to do something with friends park day, filed trips, three days a week co-op classes, birthday parties, church and when we have time play dates. This week was no exception we are on the move, but I decided that today I needed a day at home. This has not gone over well at all.

He is an extrovert who loves people. He is open and caring to all kids, which has been tough because some kids are just down right mean. He plays with kids of all ages and doesn't mind playing the prince with his girl friends as long as he can have a light saber and slay something.

He is innocent, because we believe children should enjoy childhood. He really can't get way some kids are mean to him. He is Texas loud and enjoys life.

But I worry does he need to be around children all day? What would be the benefits? He could not downshift to do age level school work. I know because he has told me last week "Mom okay I got verb and nouns...way are you waiting let's do some adjectives and essays." He like most boys doesn't have the social skills to be grade skipped in a traditional class room. Boys tend to find the tender heart, youngest, innocent and small in size boy to pick on.

In public school he would have to sit still and learn. His energy level is to high for that at his age. He just doesn't fit the program. My husband didn't fit the program either and spent so much time in the office he knew how to answer the phones.

A great private school with a small class that moves and learn would be great. But who has twenty grand a year for private school?

Most importantly AGAIN I have prayed and God said this is our journey. Right now he plays with roughly 20 kids everyday. His lessons are individualized and at his pace. He is full of joy and thriving. Sure he would love to play all day, what seven year doesn't? He is strong willed and determined but knows how to work with a group.

In the last year he has had classes in:
-Castle Building (learning about communities)
-Emergency Responders (safety classes with visit from firemen and police officers)
-shop classes (he knows how to hammer )
-cooking from the food pyramid
-newspaper writing (the final was a newsletter)
-Masters of Art
-science co-op (experiments & lessons on the planets, simple machines,light & weather)
-Puppet Class (writing a script and performing)
-Free classes from the Smithsonian on flight
-A tour of the Capital with passes into both the Senate and House Chambers
-The Smithsonian Natural History and Air and Space events
-Free concerts

So as I write this my panic attack is wearing down. I can breathe, God has provided faithfully. I again need to work on trust and real faith. Which is not unique to having one child or ten.

Also I am becoming slightly frantic about planning next year and stressing about finances. I think it all coming to a weak point which is my confidence about homeschooling an only child. Fear is a cancer that can eat at you and take over all your sane thoughts an actions. Maybe this which my memory verse should be:

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

13 For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

—Isaiah 41:10,13

Renae wrote an excellent article on "The Faith It Takes to Homeschool".

Friday, April 23, 2010

April Thus Far........................

Okay this month has been busy with classes, co-op, work and learning. It seems my head barely hits the pillow and the alarm goes off. A couple of weeks ago I actually fell asleep folding laundry. I miss blogging because it is my record keeping tool. Plus it is fun, but it seems like it has been added onto the chores of things “To Do”.
Sometimes I forget we just moved and it takes at least a year or two to get adjusted to a new city. I praise God every day for the good that is in our lives and I trust him to provide for the things we seek.

So what have we been doing this month…hmmmm

We got to see the Cherry Blossom Festival! It was amazing especially after all the snow.

We also did the Smithsonian Natural History before tourist season began in mid April.

Our son had his first science fair. Way to Go son!

We learned about simple machines.

We also studied three FIAR books, but more on that later.

Mom, Today Was the Best Day Ever

For the first time in weeks we did not have an appointment, a class or playdate. This was our day today:

  • Breakfast
  • Got dressed
  • Play a little indoor basketball
  • Completed science poster
  • Did a little drawing unplanned
  • Outside basketball
  • Did math
  • Lunch while talking about yesterday's fieldtrip
  • More science
  • More crayons
  • A trip for new crayons
  • Invented Lego Atlantis Training Session (nice for me to seek in a work out)
  • Quiet Time
  • Dinner prep together
  • A very silly game of Ants in The Pants
  • Family Dinner
  • Bedtime Business

A very relaxed day without rushing and we got a lot done. I did not have to redirect once. Before he went to bed he said "Mom this was the best day ever! We got to spend time together without rushing around."

Okay I get it. I too have been feeling over scheduled and rushed since the blizzard. I think it is natural reaction of being house bound for almost two weeks. As an ex-Texan I was not use to the confinement. I didn't stress during the blizzard, but as soon as the roads were plowed, we signed up for everything. It has been great but it has left us very little time to just enjoy "home education."

So I am taking next week to think about our summer and next year. Prayerfully look at what we have been doing and to what purpose. I don't want to miss this time as a family because we have been so busying "doing" the busy stuff of life.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day Freebies

Looking for a way to help save the planet and cash? Check out these great Earth Day Freebies.

Walgreens: $1.00 ink refills on 4/22/10