Which is all well and glorious, these homeschooling days of wonder. But there are other days wracked with a whole different sort of wonder, particularly if you are a parent. Why can’t he write a paragraph by himself if schoolkids his age can? Should I push her to read instead of listening to audiobooks for hours on end? Do I really need to teach long division if it makes him throw things and his mental estimates come pretty close? Does watching back-to-back episodes of MythBusters count as science? Will he always do the least amount of work necessary to get what he wants? And does that prove that he’s lazy—or incredibly smart?
That’s a snippet from my first column for home/school/life magazine, from last summer. The magazine is featuring the entire column on its blog today, so if you want to find out why I’ve spent the past eighteen years wondering so much, you can find out here.
Even better, through August 1 you can download a free copy of the magazine’s current issue! Whoopie, free beach reading! I’m so proud to be writing for this magazine. It’s the homeschooling magazine I wished for when I was first starting out: professional-looking, full of inspiring ideas, and not preaching to a certain homeschooling style. See for yourself by going here, adding the issue to your shopping basket and putting OUTFORAWALK in as your coupon code.
As I move into what looks like our last year of homeschooling, do I still wonder a lot? All the time, my friends, all the time.