Monday, September 17, 2007

Home Schooling: Week 3, Is the Honeymoon Over?

First of all is it Home Schooling or Homeschooling? I see it both ways and I don't know the proper usage and it bugs me.

Both kids were in a puddle of tears today. I'd say that's a resounding success. Why were they crying? I actually pushed them to comprehend what they were reading. They had to write a one paragraph summary of the story thus far. The faucets turned on when they had to re-write the sentences into something coherent. That's called editing. Not that I do it, but do as I say and all that. The paragraph summary will be happening every day from now on, they've been informed. They're not happy.

".....Elementary School was so much easier!" Wahhh!

Yes it was. Welcome to Dr. Melissa's den of home school horrors. You can enter any time you like, but you can never leave.

After reading through the curriculum, I realized that I hadn't been mindful of any goals for this education other than get through the pre-made syllabus every day. But after training my mind with the book The Well Trained Mind, I decided that I needed to be more focused.

My goal is simple: Comprehension. I want my children to actually understand what they're learning. Memorization is the foundation, of course, but if they don't "get it", especially the Autistic one, the kids might as well be a computer. So I renewed my math and writing teaching efforts. And the vocabulary test is long and challenging. And they hate it.

But then we jumped in the pool, while the other kids were still in school and all was right with the world.

When does the honeymoon end? Because this one hasn't lasted long at all.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of my friends home-schools her two and they do plenty of complaining as well. However, when their mother reminds them that their school day ends much sooner than public school and that they don't do study on Friday's, they quickly change their tune.

Anonymous said...

Yes it was. Welcome to Dr. Melissa's den of home school horrors. You can enter any time you like, but you can never leave.

Just make sure they don't call Child Protective Services...

Anonymous said...

HA! They will appreciate it...just maybe not today :O) The WTM is the best! I loved it and my kids gained so much from that approach.

As far as the tears and the writing...my oldest dear one used to cry MANY a tear during writing time. Stay the course...it will pay off. Today he is a 7th grader with a gift of creative writing. Our stock in Kleenex paid off.

Hang in there...wish we were swimming with you!!!

Oh, and I always write homeschool as one word...not sure if it is right.

Jen

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