Homeschool Holiday

Our "School Table" up until yesterday

And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again . . .

Well, it's happened, school has started again. But, as a homeschool mom, I have to say that my perspective on school vacations may be a bit different than the folks about whom Mr. Crosby is singing.

Because at least around here, homeschooling is not a schooling decision, it is a lifestyle decision.

I learned the hard way that giving kids an assignment and wandering off to do the dishes or take a shower is a recipe for failure. And lots of yelling. And maybe even hitting people on the head with pencils.

So, it's hard to get big projects like Christmas baking in on a school day.

But if they're not doing school work, they will be doing OTHER THINGS.

OTHER THINGS may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Wrestling in the living room
  2. Bouncing basketballs in the kitchen
  3. Attempting to shoot a stop motion movie in the play room
  4. Hosting a tea party that requires actual tea and cookies, (preferably very small homemade cookies)
  5. Writing and performing a play about Mr. and Mrs. Claus which could not possibly be performed without sets and costumes
  6. Creating a self-portrait in Perler beads (update: apparently this is actually possible. I had no idea. Ours did not look like this.)
  7. Inventing games with so many rules that they could never ever be remembered or understood and in which the actual playing of the game is unlikely to happen because the rules are never quite finished
  8. General arguing
  9. General messiness

So, it's hard to get big projects like Christmas baking in on a non-school day.

But that's the beauty of being a homeschool family. Whatever it is we're doing or not doing, we're doing or not doing it together. I'm not looking forward to shipping them back off to school so I can get back to my "real" life. This is my real life.

Messiness and all!