Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ready or Not - I can do this homeschooling thing!

School starts back in our area in about three weeks . . . and for the first time, I'm nervous.  This is our first official year.  Now I'm buckling down to get everything ready.

I'm printing maps for geography and timeline figures for history, ordering prints for artist study, and choosing topics for nature study.

I don't have all of our books ready yet either.  Some are still packed from the move, so that's not really an issue since I can get to them, but I'm still waiting on an Amazon order too.  At least since the books I still need are all in the public domain, I can use free kindle versions until my order arrives.

I admit.  I went through a day or two of sheer panic.  Since this is our first year reporting, I am a little nervous about keeping track of everything we do and making sure things go smoothly.  I don't want to ruin my 6 year old after all.  I mean, this is the rest of his life I'm messing with here.

Okay, seriously.  I started thinking about the last few years.  I've been teaching him to read, he's excellent at math, he loves nature study and art, he is suddenly interested in geography, he's inquisitive and curious, and as I'm listing these things off, I realize I know him.

I don't know why I doubted myself.  I am his mother.  I see what interests him.  I know what makes him tick.  I know how he learns, and I know how to connect with him.  Yes, there are times we lock horns, but in the end . . .after I see that ah-ha moment, I know the frustration is worth it.  I have that fear in the back in the back of my mind, but I need to let it go.  I've been trusted with these children, and I know I can do this.

This post is part of the blogging through the alphabet challenge, so be sure to check out what others are talking about this week.

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