I'm happy to report that our first week of school went really well. While most kids headed off on the bus, my kid just headed down the stairs. Yep, we decided to school our oldest at home this year. After lots of prayer and consideration, we decided to try it and see if it fits well with our family. I wasn't so sure if I was up for the challenge, but I can honestly say that I had no idea it could be this un-stressful. I ordered my curriculum here and registered with our county a few weeks ago, which was a surprisingly simple process.
I keep thinking I must be missing something, because it seems so straightforward and normal. Sure, it's only the first week, it's just Kindergarten, and I'm positive we'll have our battles, but I'm pretty sure it's gonna be a good fit this year. She likes her work, her brother hasn't been too distracting, and we finish before 11 AM. Of course, it's fun to make learning a part of the rest of the day, too (ballet, playdates, grocery store vocabulary, pet store science, sidewalk biology, etc..) but that doesn't require a curriculum.
All that to say that I unexpectedly found myself with some time this week. One thing that was an important factor in our decision to homeschool was that I not lose my ability to pursue creativity. I know I am a happier mommy and human being when I am able to create things, sew dresses, paint pictures, and style rooms, etc... and I was a bit afraid that homeschooling would take that away from me. The fact is, I know there will be seasons when I won't be able to devote as much time to my creative whims, but I'm grateful that I have some flexibility this year.
So what, you may ask, did I do with my extra time this week? Well, you may remember that Peter's sister lived with us for close to three years until her wedding in May. When she moved out, I thought it would be nice to turn her room into a guest/overflow space. We have already been using it for the kid's naps, but I've always wanted to have a quiet, peaceful room that is available for anyone to come and stay for the night or longer.
So, I started getting the room ready this week. I'll post as I make progress, but here's where I started...