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Public Nerdity Is Not A Crime

Balancing interests against overscheduling?

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Here we go again! Last year, just with ballet and soccer twice a week each, and some minor preschool for the middle child, we felt our time at home was always frantic: getting ready to go somewhere else; unpacking from being somewhere else; or getting ready for some other transition, like meals, bath/brush teeth/bedtime, and collapse. Our homelife suffered, and the kids (and I !) started craving time at home to DO NOTHING. A lengthy viral illness gave us just that, and we discovered how pleasurable it could be, even sick, to have couch time, to slow down and enjoy reading together, talking and listening, and not rushing.

Fast forward after a carefree summer of no scheduled anything, but lots of easy, casual, hanging out with the neighbor friends, the kids swinging on rope swings in their carport under their personal pine forest, the adults grilling together, sharing a few beers, talking, and me chasing the toddler. It was heaven, as much of heaven as could be had for a summer doldrum in a gritty neighborhood.

But suddenly, my email inbox has filled with opportunities. The NASA Challenger Learning Center has homeschool-only classes, with homeschool-friendly hours (midday, midweek) and reasonable prices, for cool stuff my nearly-5 year old and turning-8-next-week child can both benefit from and, I hope, enjoy.

Not only that, but a youth theater project an hour's drive to the south is taking enrollment....erg...maybe next year? An hour each way is too much with food allergies and a toddler.

So scratch that idea. But her DEEP passion is rocks and minerals, and we're headed to an annual big rock and mineral show tomorrow, where the local club is going to be present, so I can sign her up. That will be 1 Saturday a month at 7 pm (that is really pushing it for us, because she will be nodding off at 7 come the Fall Back time change!) but once a month, I think she can have a cup of strong tea before the meeting, if it means that much to her, and sleep in Sunday morning.

So, between some actual studies planned (Japanese Soroban, once I order and receive it), and writing and spelling, and her passions, like rocks, and some shared interests, like space science, and the obvious needs to have some undirected leisure at home, and some outdoor walks and some social time, I think we are full. Overfull, probably.

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  1. gypsylovecircus's Avatar
    Nice blog post! Since starting home school, I've noticed how much other home school families in the area plan extra events to fill in the educational gaps and or to add social time. I find myself feeling bad for not partisipating in more events, then I stop and think, and I remember that one reason we are homeschooling is to take away the stress we all felt during public school. And so we sit back and read some more books, and enjoy life.
  2. crunchynerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gypsylovecircus
    Nice blog post! Since starting home school, I've noticed how much other home school families in the area plan extra events to fill in the educational gaps and or to add social time. I find myself feeling bad for not partisipating in more events, then I stop and think, and I remember that one reason we are homeschooling is to take away the stress we all felt during public school. And so we sit back and read some more books, and enjoy life.
    You and me, both! It's good to take a breath and remember that we have a choice, when we have such a habit of seeing homeschooling as a departure from something, rather than a venture into something. We have been conditioned to want to fill all open spaces, and make noise in all quiet moments, so it's hard to unlearn those impulses.
    Thanks for the reminder!
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