or is it?
Catching up with a church aquaintance at a life group. She homeschools 2 lovely daughters. Her oldest daughter was in the Sunday School class we taught before leaving for our 2 yr out-of-town hiatus.
The conversation went like this:
Mrs. Nice, “So who’s being homeschooled this year?”
Me, ” Tj is in 9th grade, Katie is in 4th, Andrew is in 1st, and I am
homeschooling tutoring a 6th grade girl. Oh, and we are doing preschool for Bryson and a buddy a few days a week., and Grandma hangs out with us as well”
Mrs. Nice, “Well you sound busy!”
Me, “Nah, homeschooling is fun!”
Mrs. Nice, “fun? homeschooling in not fun.”
Me, “really? We have fun.”
Mrs. Nice, “well what’s fun about it?”
hmmm… haven’t really been directly asked this before… so I ponder for a sec…
Me, “well, we get our basics (reading, writing, & arithmetic) out of the way, then everything else is fun stuff.
Mrs. Nice: blank stare
Me, “you know, like cooking, crafts, science experiments, nature studies… fun stuff”.
Mrs. Nice, “Homeschooling is hard. It has always been hard”.
I notice Katie walking by: “Katie, do you like school?” “yes” “is it fun?” “yes” as she skips off to play.
(phew! I was beginning to wonder, lol)
Mrs. Nice, “Well our girls are in highschool and it is not fun.”
Me, ever-so-non-chalantly, “well, we love it”
I did not have the heart to tell Mrs. Nice that we just graduated our oldest homeschooler this past May and I.loved.every.second.of.his.high.school.years.
It left me pondering perspectives.
Sure there is pressure.
Sure there is doubt.
Sure there is wondering if it is all enough.
I find it priceless…
to learn alongside my children.
to nurture their self esteem.
to guide their interests.
to watch them thrive.
TODAY I AM THANKFUL….
that HOMESCHOOLING IS FUN!
Field trips! yay! The Pumpkin Patch!
Slides, corn mazes, animals to pet, hayrides, catipulting pumpkins
all make for a busy afternoon.
followed by a day of dissecting pumpkins.
Guessing circumferences, weight, and seed count.
Clearly we haven’t spent much time w/ pumpkins.
Seed count guesses: 20, 14, 50, & 100. Actual count: 397
HAPPY FALL YA’ALL!