I was hit hard with allergies yesterday and stayed in bed for almost 24 hours. WOW! I was too sick to hit the button on the remote, too sick to read, too sick to roll over.
It is nice to be sick when my husband is home. He took care of the children, the house, and even lessons this morning.
And he was even nice to me. I'm not such a good nurse. I try, sort of. I am usually so looking forward to him being home (and having a break) that when he is home and sick, I get a little grumpy.
"What, do you want some juice or something?" I snap.
Anyway, I have been thinking lately about all the questions I used to ask experienced home schoolers a few years ago. I now know why they looked at me a little dumbfounded at the questions I would ask.
Question: "But why, WHY are you homeschooling?"
True Answer: "About a billion different reasons, none very easily put into words."
Question: "What curriculum do you use?"
True Answer: "Whatever works. A little of this, a little of that."
Question: "When do you do your lessons?"
True Answer: "Ummmm."
What counts as a school lesson? I've been thinking about this for a while and Angela wrote about it a few days ago. Is it a lesson when I read to my daughter every night, as I've always done? Is it a lesson when we are in the backyard with our bird books? Is it a lesson when we are writing stories together or reading poetry? I think we would do these things even if we weren't homeschooling, so I tend not to count that stuff. It's like asking if walking down the hall counts as exercise - you are moving and probably burning a calorie or two, but is it exercise? But we are learning, formally or otherwise. I think that's why the question is so difficult. It seems as if our lives are consumed with the process of education now - that isn't really contained to an hour or so in the morning.
I like it. Our lives are much more interesting than they used to be. Every day is an opportunity. Every bug is something to study, not to squish (at least not right away). Every season brings new surprises and adventures.
Happy almost March!