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We’re two weeks in to our new normal. This staying at home full time has been the best thing for my family. Public school began, so my husband has been reporting for his teaching duty for two weeks now. The kids and I slowly started home school work last week and I’m happy to report…
We haven’t just survived. We are thriving. I have spent so much QUALITY time with our littles. Sure, I would still see them every day if I were working the 9-5, but this is not the same. I get to spend every minute with them. I am learning things about them that I might never have figured out. Is it possible to love your children more than you thought you did? I’m finding this more and more each day in our house. Have there been kinks? You bet! But we’re working it all out – together! Everyone has a voice.
We have had loads of fun so far. The kitchen has never been messier. The books in the designated library are never on the shelves. Pencils and crayons are everywhere. But we’re doing it together and that’s what matters. If you knew me, the things I just listed about the messes would completely surprise you. I’m extremely obsessive-compulsive and organized. Messes are not my friends. However, this experience is changing me. It’s a change that I knew I needed.
We are learning together. I’m learning that my 8-year-old loves math. Apparently, it’s her new favorite. I knew she loved art; she’s very creative. My 4-year-old began lessons last week. It was a struggle. I couldn’t figure out if it was a boy vs. girl thing, but he is so different from my girl. We struggled for a few days; he just didn’t seem like he wanted anything to do with the learning. I am happy to report, he’s sitting right here next to me as I type this… working on writing his letters! He’s choosing to do this. We’ve been done with our school for hours today, but he’s loving to learn to write. Who knew? These two have taught me to slow down a little, to enjoy the mess-making, and give them more of my undivided attention.
It’s been fun to see how these two are working together to teach each other new things. I know. You’re thinking I’m the teacher and should be doing all the teaching. On the contrary, we’re all teaching and learning from each other. This is the most exciting part of this whole experience! We were driving in the car yesterday morning, and I hear the girl ask the boy to read the word she just wrote on down on her notebook. She was teaching him how to read in the backseat of the car! He was so interested in learning from her, just as she was in teaching him. Things like this happen all day long. It’s encouraging just to sit back and watch it all unfold, as it is meant to.
We Have Fun!
Having taught for 12 years, I’ve learned several ways to accommodate and differentiate for students who learn at different rates and levels. It’s been rewarding to be able to use that knowledge for my own two at home. In a public school setting, there is only so much time in a day. It seemed 95% of that time is taken up with teaching the curriculum, according to the state’s standards. Essentially, there’s no time for ‘fun’. At home, we have fun as often as we can. That’s what makes it engaging for learners of any age, especially my two hard workers.
This Stay At Home Mom Business
is winning me over. My husband doesn’t mind there are more cookies and snacks in the house. Also, the kids and I have usually concocted dinner for him by the time he’s done with school. It’s all working out so far! I know we’re only two weeks in, but hey, we’re all on board so far! The kids are working hard and are learning a lot. The house may be a mess by the end of the day, but part of our day has been learning how to clean up after ourselves. It’s working well. The girl has learned how to empty the dishwasher, and the boy has taken a new love for washing potatoes. There are many more things they’re learning, of course, but there will be more posts in days to come!
that’s keeping me at home is this little blog. If you’d like to learn more, I’d love to share what I’m doing behind the scenes. You can read more about it HERE. You can also check out more information HERE. If you have any questions about anything, leave a comment! I’ll be sharing more about our home school experiences in posts to come. If you’re a home school family, I’d love to hear your success stories, too! Leave us some love!
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