Our first week of home-schooling is behind us, and my son and I are still on speaking terms. I might even go so far as to say we’re both pretty thrilled.
We’ve been considering it for months, but finally committed to it in December. I didn’t tell a whole lot of people, because I was pretty overwhelmed at the mere thought of doing it. Defending the decision felt like a battle I wasn’t ready for.
I was worried that, because I’m not as organized as I’d like to be, my son and his schoolwork would suffer.
That my lack of structure would cripple him. But we ended the week with a clean desk, a written record of everything we did, good grades and a strong desire to keep going.
A few (surprising) observations:
- He inadvertently practiced persuasive speaking the other day while trying to convince me that Duck Dynasty is educational….
- A broken microwave resulted in an impromptu science lesson when we popped popcorn on the stove…. the old-fashioned way.
- He spent all week observing the ducks near our house in hopes that it would result in hunting successes. Along the way he taught me the nuances of placing decoys in pairs, near the hunting blind.
- His online curriculum has included a lesson about “heat transfer in a car engine”… (much more practical than learning the parts of a flower if you ask me.)
- We’ve been watching the ducks in the morning while we jog for exercise. His musings about throwing the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch (from “Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail”) into the lake among the ducks led to a discussion of the Salem Witch Trials (also featured in the same movie…) It’s an odd progression, but a teachable moment nonetheless.
- He had NO homework this week.
- Duck Dynasty does, in fact, have some noteworthy lessons.
Ours can’t possibly be the only odd teachable moments out there…. right?