Wednesday, August 20, 2008
A little bit of reality
I'm still loving our school work, and we've gotten through most of another day, but I figured it was about time to let you in on some "behind the scenes" secrets. While I'd like to think I'm writing this only for our own memeories, I often think of my two categories of readers--other homeschooling Moms and family and old friends who are interested in what we are up to-- when I am typing away. My feeling is that the old friends and family are interested in the braggy type posts and the other homeschoolers want more of the behind the scenes "we aren't as good as we might look" kind of stuff. So, here is where I will indulge the homeschoolers, by admitting that on day 3 we had the "talk" today. You know the one..."Do you really want to homeschool because if you're going to argue about everything, I can sign you up today and you can start public school tomorrow. I'm sorry if I let you play so much and be with friends all the time when you were younger, but now you're in 7th and 5th grade, and even though I know you guys are so smart (and Jonathan, you could probably go out a get a job right now if you were allowed to), it is time to focus more on the academic things that schools and our society praise so much. Madi, next time we're in public and you don't know what a word says, don't say it too loud, it will make us (and everyother homeschooler) look bad. Jonathan I know Singapore math is 2 years ahead of the US, but lets hurry up and get out of this book with the '5' on it!!! blah blah blah" Then there's Jake....he's going to be one of those kids that needs to do everything perfect for himself (I've never had one of those before). Then second he thought he was wrong about something he immediately screamed "I knew homeschooling would be PATHETIC!!" I could go on and on. Really we are having fun, and doing great experiments and I've not exagerated any of that stuff at all, but sadly I didn't exagerate today's post either. Please tell me I'm not the only one who says and does this stuff!