This title is a bit of a misnomer, since in the two months that we’ve been doing this we’ve had very few days that end up as planned, and almost no two have been the same, and yet, I do feel like we’ve established a rhythm.
We were fairly lucky in establishing a “routine” within the second week of school. I’ve been told by other, more experienced, home-schooling mothers that it takes anywhere from a month to a year to feel like you know what’s going on. I feel like on most days I have a pretty good handle on what needs to be done and a plan on how to do it. Some days, it feels a little out of control. Continue reading
Whew! I can’t believe it. This quarter has flown by, but it’s also been a huge learning curve. I feel like we’ve finally got a pretty good handle on the K12 curriculum and how MNVA uses it.
I’ve been trying to explain to people who ask me how it’s going, how to put in to words just how well it’s going. My child is a different kid than when we started. She’s more confident, she’s HAPPY, she’s less sarcastic. She’s learned how to manage her time well, and I can’t even begin to try to quantify how MUCH she’s learned in ten short weeks! Wow, just WOW!
I’m a proud momma!
This week kicked my butt. I had a two-day conference for work, then got sick and lost my voice.
My 3rd grader was a trooper. She even came to work with me on the second day of the conference to help out. She totally rocked it! I should add she also got all her work done. I’m a proud, but tired momma.
I’m especially impressed that even with the craziness of my schedule and illness, she stayed on top of her game, and powered through. Grandma and dad had a lot to do with that as well, but she’s really been the driving force keeping up with her work. I’m hoping my voice returns soon, and meanwhile we’re gonna lay low and relax.
One of the challenges I’ve found with my gifted children (especially the older one) is that I tend to forget her chronological age. She and I will be having a deeply philosophical conversation about equal rights, or discussion the stock market or the housing crisis, and suddenly she’ll turn around and do something I perceive as really immature. It’s a bit jarring for my brain, and I find that in that moment I have to remind myself that she is only 8. Continue reading
My daughter has always expressed a great amount of creativity, most of it channeled well. One thing I began to notice during our last year of school was a sudden disinterest in creativity. As though suddenly it wasn’t cool anymore for her to think up projects, or make up games. Around this time she also started coming home telling me she was bored all the time. Continue reading
As I’ve touched on in other posts, one of the main things I was seeing happen to my child in the public school system was a loss of self-esteem. I’m not entirely sure where it stemmed from, probably many things, but one thing I am sure of was that I didn’t like watching what had once been a very confident child, begin to doubt herself and feel badly about herself. Continue reading
Online school has been a very interesting journey for me, and I want to share my experiences with other families looking for options outside of traditional school learning models. It has also been very cathartic for me to write out my thoughts, processes and ideas.
Recently, when I told my parents what I had named this blog they laughed. Calm and composed have never been on the top list of adjectives used to sum up my personality. They are both things I strive for, which is why I named my blog this. I’ve discovered however, that this has been a much harder journey for me to transition to in effect home-schooling my child than it has for her. Continue reading