Homeschooling. I knew it would be hard. To take a teenager, who’s always been in school and place them at home to learn at their own pace sounds great in theory, right? In our situation where we’re battling health issues, it made a lot of sense. But, then you get started and see that there will be some emotional ups and downs that go with separation from friends, it’s hard. And, yes, my child adores me, but I’m her mother and truth be told, I’m not that exciting. I was seriously worried that Rosie would be very resentful all week. That didn’t happen. But, I learned a lot this week and so did she. Here’s a recap.
See this watercolor? Rosie found a painting she liked, sat down and just started to create. She’s always liked crafts but she’s never wanted to take art classes. When she was finished, she took a step back to admire her work. “Oh Mama,” she said. “I didn’t even know I could do that…” Me neither. I guess when you’re not stressed and on a rigid schedule at school and your mind can just wander good things happen. They kept happening all week.
We got lucky and found a math curriculum that Rosie likes right away. The Khan Academy site is a perfect fit for now and it’s such a smart site. These kids learn differently from the way we did due to technology. The site has lots of bells and whistles to make it interesting, you have to master tasks before you move on and it has educational videos. I think Rosie spent more than 8 hours on math this week- her choice. It was a pleasure to watch.
We had a bit of a struggle when it came to Language Arts as Rosie didn’t really want to do any of the activities I planned from the week before, so I had to improvise. I pulled three poems about Fall, had her read and research the poets and then write a synopsis. She also started a fall painting. And, she’s reading both the Diary of a Young Girl but she found a copy of Gone Girl and finds that more interesting. My thought- at least she’s reading. I’ll find new things for next week.
Science was more of a challenge. If we try and stay on topic with her current class, I’m going to have to score a book or come up with some really clever ideas. I was able to find some National Geographic videos about the solar system and a book so that was a start. Honestly, Rosie just wanted to learn about the human body, so she watched some videos on that and even found a site that shows surgery. Makes me squeamish, but I’m not the one learning.
We tackled much of my list from last week and honestly, that showed me how much time is really wasted in school. At home, we can go through topics much quicker and add things to the mix on the fly. It’s a good thing I’m pretty creative otherwise there would’ve been some really dull moments and face it, she’s a teen so she thought some of the week was boring. However, to watch her smile and laugh was worth a million bucks. She seemed relaxed. it was wonderful.
As for me, I saw a side of myself that I really didn’t know existed. For over a year, I’ve been so stressed. Worried about Rosie’s health, school and just about everything in between. I didn’t really realize how stressed I’ve been until Monday when I found myself not worried for the first time in a long time. I wasn’t going to have to rush to school, or push her to do some classes she hated online. I was just here to support and guide her and watch her get healthy. That’s a good thing.
The downside? Being home much of the day. Now that I’ve hung around the house, I’ve discovered that my fairly tidy home is pretty filthy. The front door needs to be painted. The closets cleaned out. There was some kind of unidentifiable goo on the floor in the kitchen. I’m gonna have to clean this week. Boo.
As strange as this may sound, I look forward to next week. My child’s been happy creating all this amazing art. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next week. It’s actually a pretty cool place to be.