12 May 2009
I May Be A Fish Out of Water
but I still know my way around on the ground!! For the first time in 22 years I don't have a beginning reader. Oh sure, a couple of little ones still have to read aloud to me but we are down to only about once or twice a week. I am finding just how simple homeschooling can become when you don't have to read all the directions in a workbook, or read their schedule to them. Even a simple recipe can be followed with a true "reader!" Some of the things I have found since I 'jumped' from the water are my kitchen, laundry room, shower, (kidding on the shower), and even the sewing machine is in use again. All because a child learned how to read!! Now I'm not saying I don't miss the snuggling, the correcting of letters, explaining of pronunciation, (actually, we're not beyond these things yet, thankfully) etc. but I am finding that even an hour or so saved during the day has brought about positive results. (Like more blogging!) I have about 1-2 years again before I have to break out the phonics books. I have to be honest, I have loved every moment of my homeschooling years but the 'phonics' portion of it has bored me to tears. But it's all part of what I call a "necessary nuisance"