Not only do I know what that acronym means, I understand it… erm… It envelops me, but I do not embrace it.
“What Did I Get Myself Into??”
Last night after I got pages for work updated and loaded, and made sure everything was a “go” for the show today, I shut down the computer, grabbed the Blackberry, and about 35 notebooks and/or texts and got comfy on the bed while watching NCIS with Mr. Day. Sidenote: winter is always my tv time, and though I still don’t watch much of it, there are a few select shows I get into… NCIS is my new drug. Good Eats, too.
It was all about Amanda’s curriculum last night. Flipping through pages, getting it straight in my head as to what is expected for her. I got on the Sonlight forums to see if any other crazies were doing two seperate Core’s at once – a few good suggestions, but I am SO tired of hearing “well, every family is different”. Ya think? I am not a “unschooler” (obviously) nor am I the type that subscribes to the uber relaxed way of home schooling. Kids, in my opinion, need structure. They need to know what is expected of them, that there are deadlines, and schedules, to a degree, need to be kept. That is not to say, however, that you take a Nazi approach. Homeschooling is about facilitating the educational process, and that cannot be achieved unless there is a degree of flexibility. And, let’s face it – I need the structure. I cannot be a wife, a mother, work at home, and do all the other things I do without structure. It ain’t gonna happen.
The quandry is how to teach two girls, different levels, at the same time. Ha. I kept telling myself last night “well, they did it in the pioneer days”. True. But, the question is how??? Do I teach the same subject (i.e. Math) at the same time, but divide that time into teaching one, while the other does table work? Do I *try* and figure out who needs me when, and bounce back and forth?
Amanda is obviously going to need more one on one time than Kaitlyn, I believe. But, what exactly is Kaitlyn going to be able to do independently, and what will Amanda not need help with? Only time will tell on that one.
I just want to have a shell of a schedule – a starting point at least. And by golly, if I can’t find one, I guess I have to be the pioneer on this. I will definitely keep the schedule thing updated on here, because it is important. Heather Sanders, a wonderful blogger, has detailed her schedule approach. I really like her, and she has been a wealth of information for this homeschooling mama newbie. Check her out!
What Did I Get Myself Into? That remains to be seen, but I know that as a family, we will continue on this journey, together, and get through the frustrations and challenges that are bound to come up. Together.