Friday, January 28, 2011

Mommy Wars

I'm pretty sure I've posted something about this before, but it's been a while.

It seems like once you are on a site for a while you begin to see how mean and nasty people can be. I don't know what it is about the internet that lets people be so cruel, but I'd like to know why people tear others down to make themselves feel better as opposed to just seeing if there's something that they'd like to change.

Not that I've always avoided cattiness or meanness. I'd be dishonest to say I have. I do try my best to think before I post on forums about how the other person would feel reading my response and I've actually completely removed myself from a once loved forum because it was encouraging me to be unkind.

It seems like a lot of homeschooling mommy wars center around housework and doing enough school.

That people with clean homes aren't spending enough time with their kids and people with messy homes are slobs.

That having little school actually happen is realistic because life happens or doing too much is hotboxing.

Wouldn't it be better to just assume that everyone is doing the best they can in their circumstances and each of us are on our own road of success? Some further then others, some rounding back to the beginning to start fresh.

I like blogging because it lets me share. I don't only share our roses, I try to share our messes and mishaps, too. I hope everything that I say is received in a spirit of kindness and everything that I write is intended in charity.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Smarty Pants

Little Bird wrote, "AT" on a piece of paper- and then told me that it says, "at"!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Can vs. Should

This is one of the toughest questions I have/am facing while homeschooling. It's one I think I'd face no matter how we schooled to a certain extent, but it's especially acute for me at the moment.

Just because Sweet Pea is capable of doing something- should I have her do it? Expect it? Let her read it?

There's no easy answers, and it's a somewhat disparate question.

The should I have her do it right now is math. Sweet Pea has done all of the concepts for our year's worth of math work- and there is a LOT of school left for the year. So what do we do? Move forward? Move horizontally? A little of both?

I don't know.

Expect is right now is writing. Sweet Pea can write really well when she wants to. When she doesn't it's the single biggest area of contention in our day. She can drag an assignment out almost indefinitely just for the satisfaction of asserting herself, or she can do it in five minutes. So do I push it and daily expect a high output, or only when she's willing? Especially since most kids her age are writing a few short sentences and working on spelling?

I don't know.

Let her read it is that hardest part right now. Sweet Pea is a voracious reader. She's read the first two Harry Potter books and has 2 more books to read to finish the Chronicles of Narnia. She'd love to read the rest of the Harry Potter books, but some of the content concerns me based on her age. Emotionally I don't think she's ready to face all the themes, but she's ready from a reading level perspective.

So what to do?

I don't know.

Try my best. Be grateful to have such an eager student. Try more. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Here we go again!

I think Little Bird is on the cusp of reading. Wasn't it just yesterday that Sweet Pea learned?

Time goes too quickly.

I am pleased that the same strategies that worked with child #1 is working with child #2- lots of reading, lots of playing with letters, and lots of patience.

Go, Little Bird!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Blogdrums

Is that a real word? It should be.

For some reason I'm not on the internet quite as much right now. School is going well, but I'm not working up the verve or zest or whatever to come type about it.

It all seems so general sometimes- did math, did writing, ect.

Something to ponder.


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