Wrap Up: Weeks 6 and 7

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Week 6

I am drawing a complete blank. I know we did stuff last week, but that was like, 13 days ago, and apparently beyond my ability to recall. Sometimes the only way I know anything happened is if I took pictures.

I checked my Picture file, but realized I hadn’t downloaded them in a couple of weeks, so then I decided to do that and then I couldn’t find the cords, and then when I was looking, I saw the Kindle cord and remembered it needed to be charged and then after I finally found the camera cord and downloaded the pics, I noticed that I should really organize my pictures better and get them out of the Raw folder, so I did that, and then I started Google chatting with a friend, and then I remembered that I was writing this post. Elapsed time: 3 hours and 40 minutes. As you can see, I am right on top of things.

To recap: We did some stuff. I just can’t remember any of it.

As long as I am confessing to my shortcomings, you may as well know that some days the only reason I can tear myself away from the internet and do school is so I’ll have something to write about here and my true lameness will remain hidden for another week. I see that I have failed along the way somewhere.

Week 7

Week 7 was emotional. We had math crises (crisises? crisis’? crisiseseses?), handwriting crises, teeth-losing crises, and not-enough-playing-outside crises. I realize my children are little, and their problems are little, but I’m still wrung out after 2 hours of “I can’t doooooo thisssssss!” drama. In fact, while I was writing this post, both of my kids managed to have breakdowns.

Then I spent some time thinking about what school would be like for them. My kids get discouraged and cry. I don’t remember my classmates doing that, though. What do kids in school do when they’re upset they can’t make a proper 9 and their mommy isn’t there to scoop them up and comfort them? Do kids in public school become experts at stifling their feelings, or are my kids weenies? Is it a good skill for a 7 year old to have, keeping a stiff upper lip? Or is it sad?

There is a fine line between keeping them from getting too discouraged and saying “no, I’m sorry, this is not good enough,” and I struggle to find it every day.

I don’t know what the hell I’m doing over here.


I have no schedule, so we are just working through our various books. I have a mental picture of where we are now, and where we need to be in June, and so far it’s working out. It’s surprising, really. I have way less anxiety without a written schedule telling me what to do all day. If Little wants to do 2 chapters of geography in a sitting and skip science altogether, I’m fine with it.

It’s very weird and not like me at all. When I’m not agonizing over abstract ideas, I am pleased with our progress.

6 Responses to “Wrap Up: Weeks 6 and 7”

  1. Kristy Says:

    I can not wait until my kids all graduate. I grow weary.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..The Kitchen

  2. Kevin Says:

    I think you’ve discovered a useful technique. Blogging is a great means of accountability and motivation for actually doing stuff. Which may explain why I don’t blog.

    People who go to public school cry when they get home or they keep it in and deal with it in therapy later. Serenity now, insanity later, as they say.

    A stiff upper lip sounds harsh for a 7 year old. Maybe shoot for patience with herself and hooking her motivation where learning is incidental. No, I don’t know how to do that, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?

  3. Dawn Says:

    You know, my daughter is only 4 and we more or less play at homeschooling right now. Goal is to get in the groove, make sure mommy can handle it. She tends to like to do alot of one thing at a time, rather than pieces of several things. I just roll with it. I think it sounds like you are doing just fine!

  4. Tressa Says:

    Love, love the pictures!!

    Never apologize for being weary. It is tough homeschooling this age. They are busy. So busy! And noisy! So noisy! And they want to play which is why you homeschool in the first place. But they need to do their work too. It is tough finding the balance.

    It sounds like you are finding it. Just hang in there. One day you will look back at their work and say “Look at all we did!”

    And I completely get the Mom ADD.
    Tressa´s last blog post ..A new Captain Underpants book- a post about homeschooling.

  5. Ingi Says:

    You have no idea how happy it makes me to know that I’m not the only one who knows we did stuff, but has no idea what that might have been and so I do Random Monday instead. Very happy!

    Take it from someone whose son had such severe anxiety from keeping all the tears in that he was headed down the depression path, that home rocks. Give ’em a cuddle, encourage them to tough it out a bit. If all else fails, go for a walk.

    We get “inspected” here for homeschooling approval. My guy asked me if I had a timetable. I sheepishly admitted that I ditched it and it’s all in my head. He was surprisingly OK with that – perhaps because my kids are so totally happy and articulate and polite and challenged. Can’t argue with that!

    OK. I might like to go looking for pumpkins. My concession to Halloween.
    Ingi´s last blog post ..Random Monday

  6. Eddie Says:

    We are so disorganized and argumentative and variously emotional lately that I am not so much educating as stopping fights. Not really, apple pie fistfights excluded, but it FEELS like it. Cut yourself some slack; I bet you’re a kick-*ss mom and educator.
    Eddie´s last blog post ..Wormy Wednesday week 4!