Apparently blogging makes a liar out of you. Not 24 hours after posting what my homeschooling day supposedly looks like, our homeschooling day looks nothing like that. I’m still feeling my way around blogging – trying to get an idea of what I’m doing and what I want to say. Today, I guess what I want to say is that there is the ideal – and then there is life. Homeschooling life with 2 boys doesn’t always look pretty or flow seamlessly. That is the reality. (Although not quite the debauchery of coffee and poker as the above photo suggests.)
I am beginning this blog as we are coming back from a 2 week break from homeschooling. This was our extended spring vacation that included a couple of free days at home, airline travel, the subsequent mountain of laundry and finally a matinee at the local theatre. These are the days I think unschooling is really the way to go, because the idea of guiding everyone back to our normal homeschooling rhythm seems daunting, and frankly, unappealing. We unschooled for the first 8 years of my older son’s life. I didn’t know that’s what it was called, but he has always been a voracious reader, has tons of interests and has never been bored. He was learning, I was learning, but we were foundering. The constant reinvention and lack of focus was exhausting for both of us. For me, I need to know what to expect and my kids do too. It has taken me 42 years to realize this – quite a learning curve.
So we started our new block on a Tuesday, three-quarters of the way through the month. Not how I like to do things, but the reality of how it is sometimes. The day wasn’t pretty or seamless, but overall, it worked. And some days, that’s good enough.