so today we began the big part of our next adventure. homeschooling… cue the thunder and lightning and dramatic silent movie music and word cards. or maybe that’s just me. i’ve already talked a bit about the fear of failure, and being so convinced i was so terrible and awful and all those other things, that there was no reason to get out of bed in the morning. and so here we are, with me holding zoë’s quote/unquote academic future in my hands. nervously sipping coffee, trying to be patient as i utter the same phrase 22 (i counted) times during the math portion of the day: “zoë, sit down and finish the bingo/worksheet/measuring/snack/pencil counting/everything so we can keep moving. don’t you want to go to the park today?”
no joke, this kid cannot sit still. which is a benefit of homeschooling, i guess. because she’d be distracting other kids otherwise, and skipping around the classroom here only slows down how long school takes before it’s recess. i’m trying to be patient with her, because she’s just like dug from the movie “up.” seriously. i’ve inserted a link to a short clip if you have no idea what i’m talking about.
yeah, it’s like that. there are a lot of squirrels around here, and i am desperately trying to be gracious, keep her on task, and hope that we can find some way of working around this. because i didn’t have the money to spend on a bunch of manipulatives, or hands on work immediately, we’re having to do worksheets, and computer games as well as some hands on science and art. i’m hoping to buy her some math manipulatives this week, and i’m also hoping the writing notebooks go well. can you see a trend? trial, error, a lot of coffee and grace (for both of us.)
i’ll go into more detail about what we’re doing tomorrow, but she’s just finished lunch (35 minutes later) and we’re off to the park. where she will ride her scooter, while i try to get my running endurance up for the 5K we’re going to run in the spring. oh, i didn’t mention that? yeah, i promised her we would do a race together, and it looks like the color run in atlanta in april will fit the bill. here’s hoping i can run for more than 3 minutes at a time (current personal best) by then.