It's muggy and warm this morning. Where is fall and why won't she just stick around awhile?

It's still dark.

A day in the life...

I think it is safe to begin at 2 am. I was awake and struggling to go back to sleep until around 3 or so. At least that's the last time I looked at the clock.

The alarm went off at 5 am. I got up, washed my face, and brushed and pulled up my hair. I applied some eyeliner and a little mascara. I hate to leave my bedroom without those two essential elements. I brushed my teeth and dressed right down to my lace up tennis shoes (any flyladys get that one?).

I was downstairs by 5:15.

I turned off the alarm, let three foster puppies out of the pen and pulled the pen out onto the deck.

I powered up both computers and turned on Fox News.

I fixed Big Daddy's coffee and lunch and grabbed a yogurt for me. I put his coffee in his thermos and rinsed the coffee pot. I started my coffee.

Around 5:45 my first childcare child arrived. I got him settled and wrote out his mom's receipt.

At 6:00 the next one arrived, and within a few minutes my youngest child woke up and joined us downstairs.

The kids settled in with pillows and blankets and watched tv. I sat down checked email, and started this blog entry.


Tomorrow morning I will start year 9 of homeschooling with my children. Looking back it doesn't feel that long. In homeschooling circles that makes me a veteran. What's odd is that for the first time I actually feel like a veteran. I might just know a little something about this after all.

Every year, particularly those early years, I would always question my decisions. Decisions about curriculum choices, schedules, what the kids needed, and were they learning? Are they at grade level? Are they happy? Am I too close to be objective? I was always checking out curricula and asking everyone about their choices.

Now though, I have learned to trust. I trust my children. I trust myself. Traditional education works from the premise that kids if left to their own devices would not want to learn anything, ever. I realize I held that view too for a time, but it simply not true. The problem is traditional schooling and if you are not VERY careful homeschooling too, will brush past a child's desires for learning because we are on our way to teach them something.

Has this happened to you? You are doing a lesson, say on parts of speech, and you are frustrated because your child wants to tell you a story about what they saw outside during a break, or saw on tv? We ignore the learning that is an could occur naturally so that we can get back to the artificial learning.