Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to School

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. ~Edgar W. Howe

I remember when DD was a toddler and I'd be pulling my hair out, people would say, "Don't worry, she'll start school soon and you'll have a break." and when I responded, "We're homeschooling." I'd frequently get a pitying look and a, "Oh... well... then..."

DD still makes me pull out my hair now and then, but she's a good kid, and I'm very, very lucky. Still, there are days I question my sanity about our decision to homeschool.

School starts today for DD and I. Yes, for both of us, lol... I realized, as I looked through the curriculum for this year, that there is a LOT for me to do. More than usual. Last year we used that computer-based curriculm and it was fun and easy for both of us. It did all the grading, most of the teaching and all of the lesson-planning. The problem was: I just didn't feel as though DD was learning.

Not so this year's curriculum. Oy. Vey. It is not easy. I hope it will be fun (or as fun as school can get), but there were 20+ pages for me about lesson planning and grading. Thankfully, it's pretty concise about what I need to have on hand, and what my responsibilities are, but the fact is -- I have a LOT to do. And, I'm wondering where I'm going to find the time to do that and everything else I already have on my plate.

Ah, well. I imagine I'll manage. I always seem to, somehow.


In reading, I finished "The Trouble with Valentine's Day" by Rachel Gibson and enjoyed it tremendously. She's fun without being over the top silly, and her characters are real and flawed. The plots are plausible, the romance both sweet and hot. I highly recommend her -- I've read two of her novels now, and have started a third ("I'm In No Mood For Love") and have yet to be disappointed.

I also started "How I Write" by Janet Evanovich which is interesting and fun to read. It's not heavy, or written like a textbook, which I find many "how-to" books can be. Her advice is given in small bites, and in a Q&A format which is easy to read. So far, it's not all that different from other books on writing that I've read, but it does help me remember what matters. Sometimes it's easy to forget things when you step away from them for a bit.


You Are Fantasy / Sci Fi

You have an amazing imagination, and in your mind, all things are possible.

You are open minded, and you find the future exciting. You crave novelty and progress.

Compared to most people, you are quirky and even a bit eccentric. You have some wacky ideas.

And while you may be a bit off the wall, there's no denying how insightful and creative you are.

I'm not sure if I was just insulted or not... OTOH, this is pretty close, lol!!



Melissa McClone said...

Blogger ate my comment. Oh, well! Good luck with the new school year. I have lots of planning still to do myself!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the new school year!

Tori Lennox said...

I'm Fantasy/Sci Fi too. :)

I'm quirky and proud of it!

Brandy said...

Best of luck with the start! We'll be doing that hopefully by next week.

You Are Humor:You love to laugh at life, and if possible, get others to laugh along with you.
You believe there's always a humorous side to everything. And your sense of humor ranges from upbeat to very dark.
You are outrageous and very honest. You're often the only one willing to say what everyone else is thinking.
You are witty and verbally talented. You like to play with words and say things in interesting ways.

I'm not sure I could be outrageous if I tried! *G* But, I do try to be honest..... *G*

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

MomJane said...

Finally got on your blog. Still can't get on mine.
Hope your school goes well.

Ceri Hebert said...

My son told me he wants to be homeschooled this year. I don't think I could do it. For one thing, I work 8 hours a day, and the my DS is probably better at math than I am. I'd make a lousy teacher.

Dru said...

Good luck with school this year.

I'm fantasy/sci-fi..the genre I don't read.

anno said...

Sounds like you're getting an early start to the school year! Around here, we have until after Labor Day ... and boy, am I grateful for that! Good luck with your new curriculum -- by now you know, everything will work its way out. And, FWIW, homeschooling is hard, but school is hard, too. Wishing you all the best!

groovyoldlady said...

I homeschooled Funsocksgirl and Scout from K-12. The only time I felt like I was burning out was the year I got complacent and didn't allow enough time in my schedule for "school". I spent most of that year irritated with my kids for needing me and ready to ditch them to the school system. I got so stressed that I finally took a 24 hour camping retreat to regroup. I realized that I needed to schedule TIME for school. Once I started doing that, all the excess stress lifted.

I'm only sharing that with you in the hopes that you won't overbook and hit the wall, O Busy One! (Not that I'm EVER busy now. Heh-heh-heh)

Hope your school year is AWESOME! What curriculum are you going to use?