I’m kinda nervous to write this post. I like each of you that read my blog and I don’t want to make any of you think I’m making a bad decision here, but, well, that’s something I’m working on; performing for others and not my own family and what God has called me, uniquely, to.
Let it be noted that Sally Clarkson (although a homeschooler) doesn’t endorse any one way to educate your children, although I think we’d both agree that education is every parent’s responsibility-weather you are outsourcing it or not.
She talked a lot at the conference about the beauty of reading to your children. Reading and reading and reading. I am the type that needs boxes to check off-and there is no boxed curriculum that offers one box that says “read to kids a lot”. If there was that would be silly to pay for that, right? This means you kinda have to choose between a curriculum set or reading a lot to your kids.
For me, I just can’t do both. I get so caught up in getting the boxes checked that we end up all frustrated with each other and never have time to read. And I mean like “cuddle up with a blanket, grab a cup o’ hot chocolate and listen for 30 min. or more” of delightful reading. I’ve also been known to make playdough or get out the legos or open a new puzzle and read!
Weather it’s reading to the girls, the girls reading to me, reading on our own. It just gets lost in math worksheets, dishes, other chores, sibling rivalry, hormone explosions (ugh, that would be both mine and one of my other daughters, to remain unnamed, to protect the sinful yet innocent). So I decided to do a cleanse over the next couple/few weeks. We stopped all paper: math, phonics, copy work, spelling tests. We are just reading. Now, I now we can’t keep this up; it’s really like a cleanse. You can’t keep downing that lemonade/molasses/cayenne pepper mixture for your entire life-but sometimes it’s nice to “get it all out” and star a new, right? That’s my plan.
So over the next few weeks, I thought I’d blog about what we are reading. Both to give you an idea of what on earth I’m up to over here and to make myself feel better, as I am a bit scared my kids will be really dumb in the end. Even as I write that I see how silly that last thought is, but it’s real, so I kept it there.
Next post: what we have read over the last two days.