It got me to thinking about our school...what grade is Jake actually in, 1st or 2nd? Should we continue year round with intermittent breaks or take a long summer break? Are we doing enough? Do I have the right curriculum? Blah, blah, blah.... This summer has been good for me. It's allowed me to get a good look at how Jake is doing compared to others (i.e. how I'm doing as a teacher) and also to remember why we chose to homeschool in the first place (besides living in the middle of the ocean on a boat). And finally, to remind me to quit comparing him to others (I know, that's the first thing I did). I'm not going to go too deep into this...not because I'm afraid of the arguments but because I'm still working it out myself. See, I like rules. I like to follow rules and I like to check boxes off of lists that show that I'm following the rules. I'm having trouble with this as a "boat"schooling mom (incidentally, sometimes I have trouble with the lack of routine for myself!) because rarely can we check the boxes nice and neat like. But what I can say is that I have gotten more compliments here on his manners, how articulate he is, his vocabulary, and just what fun he is to be around.
|Jake made me take this picture :)|
Today we're back at the books with a boring old Math test and some mandatory journal writing (something I'm trying to make him do after our "field trips"), but the spirits are a bit higher and the student is a bit more agreeable.
I've vowed to quit worrying so much about how we're doing by everyone else's standards and just follow my gut, which has served me well in the past.
|Last weekend, we went to the U.S.S Iowa with Papa and Gigi to kick off our|
week of field trips.