Although the dishes fight tooth and nail with the laundry for my undivided attention.
Homeschooling, well lets see. We have been concentrating on Math and Reading, On Monday we play various math games and I will introduce a new concept or we will continue to work on one that just isn’t sticking.
Felicity and I today went back and forth on this ONE problem for 20 minutes.
Me: What is before 67
Me: Okay what is before 7
Felicity: I know! 5!
Me: (silently thinking I have utterly failed)
Felicity: Maybe? Oh um wait….
Me: Yes, so what is before 67?
Me: 60 what?
For 20 minutes and then we quit and did her reading lesson, Explode the code book 1 and Now I’m Reading level 1. Felicity I confess makes me cry at night, she is the one that makes me question the whole idea of homeschooling and it is not that she is not smart it is that she just doesn’t care. At all. Currently working on how to merge glitter, cardstock and pipe cleaners into a lesson on place values because then she mightt care.
Katie and Alice are moving right along in 3rd, 4th grade math, mostly multiplication, division and once again place value. They are reading chapter books on a weekly basis and working on cursive through Handwriting Without Tears.
Joff covers history.
We do a science lesson when the whim hits us.Last week we learned all kinds of crazy things about toads, frogs and amphibians in general when Katie caught and adopted a toad she found in the garden, she released him yesterday back into the garden. The thing I learned about toads that I would never have guessed is that they have personality, Leaper (the toad) was full of expression. Who knew?
Oh the things I have learned in this last year. And all it took was letting go! I was bound and determined to be a Photographer, to photograph other people, to start a business. Because I was good, so why not? Right? Right?
I am so happy learning to not be obsessive about perfection, about technicalities and somehow or other I think I have improved immensely anyway. For a few years, every time I took a shot it had to be perfect, forget dirty faces and kids being kids, I wanted perfection. But life isn’t perfection, life is brutal and real and honest and full of imperfections. I am learning to embrace those imperfections, not just in photography but in all aspects of my life.
I am happy with where I am in photography right now. I would still love to share my photography, I still intend to get back into shooting and offering sessions. But now, now I am in no big hurry, I am enoying taking snapshots of my kids, dirty faces, cluttered backgrounds in all:).
And now back to find out the winner of the Dishes/Laundry death match.