Everyday Andrea|Homeschool Update

I thought I would spend today talking a little bit about our homeschool routine. Except, I’m not sure we can call it a routine yet. In fact, this whole thing has been quite an adjustment, especially for me.

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My favorite part is being able to “do school” anytime, anywhere.

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JP and I BOTH work best when we’re out of the house. I have trouble staying focused so, when I’m at home, I constantly find other things to do. I have plenty of work to keep me busy, but I am Queen of waiting until the last minute to finish an assignment.

Before I get into too much detail, allow me to share what exactly we’re doing. We joined a Co-op group in Travelers Rest that meets every Thursday from 10-3. JP LOVES it so far! They teach several subjects, but focus heavily on English/Literature and Science. He brings home an assignment sheet each week and we follow up Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from home (or wherever we are). In addition to this, I have him working through an online Math program (if you know me, you know I’m not qualified or capable of teaching him math!). In fact, some of you may even be laughing out loud right now.

I don’t know if any of you homeschool – I think you do – but I’m learning so much. Some good, some bad.

  • Kids do not need 6.5 hours in a classroom to learn. This has probably been the hardest thing for me to wrap my public school brain around. JP can literally work for an hour and a half and learn more than he would all day in a regular school setting. While this is a good thing, it’s VERY different from everything I’ve known the past 20+ years, teaching in public schools. Most days, I still feel like I’m not doing enough. And that’s hard.
  • I have to be JP’s teacher. This is the one that I’ve not quite mastered. Hopefully I will? JP has always excelled academically. K-5th grade, I’ve never had to follow behind him or monitor his work. What I’ve taken for granted is, he’s always had a classroom teacher following behind him monitoring his work. Now that he’s at home, guess who has to get into the habit of checking behind him? Me! Such an adjustment!

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  • Change of scenery. I briefly mentioned that he and I both work best away from home. Most days (not every day) I try to get us out. We’ve worked at Furman, in parks, downtown and on the road. The picture above is from last week in the Westin Poinsett Hotel on Main Street. The hotel lobby is cozy and full of history. It’s also rumored to be haunted, so JP really gets into that! Changing scenery makes me feel more productive.
  • Life is short. If I’m learning anything, I’m learning that life is short. I’ve been given the gift of time with JP and it’s priceless. My only regret is, I didn’t take him out of school before now. I am 100% positive I am not the BEST teacher for him. I’m 100% positive I am not and WILL not do everything right throughout this journey. But what I do know is, one day, he will be grown and I can’t get these days back. I plan to make the most of them.

IMG_0326I’m writing this from a bus. It’s 2:30 am and JP and I are on our way to Washington DC for a REALLY quick trip to the US Capitol. I wish you could see how excited he is. Actually, if you could see him now, he’s SOUND asleep on my shoulder, but I promise he’s HAPPY!

I hope you guys have an amazing WEDNESDAY!

#YOLO

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