So, Monday was Kindergarten registration for our local school, and I decided not to register her.

Am I really going to homeschool next year? When it “matters?” For now, the answer is yes.

Homeschooling makes my heart happy.

Although things may change, I may (have to) go back to work, we’re in this for now, and I couldn’t be happier.

We have some insanelydifficult days, but I think we would still have them even if we weren’t hs. And we also have ridiculously good days, which couldn’t have the concentrated amount of time/goodness that they do now.

Today, big girl had her 5 year old visit, and I didn’t realize she had to get boosters, again. She did not handle them well. It’s funny, because our pediatrician was saying how all kids have to get them to go to Kindergarten.

Additionally, I was recently thinking about the socialization thing again. I remember one day when I was in kindergarten, I was having this really great talk with two of the other three kids at my table. Whatever it was we were talking about, I remember being so engaged and excited about. Then, the teacher abruptly said time was up for the coloring that we were supposed to be doing. I quickly scribbled a few lines of orange on the lion “L l” page, I was supposed to be working on the whole time. I got a big “?” and incomplete on the assignment, and my report and home (which my dad was recently looking through) said something about me talking with friends and not staying on task, and also something about me not staying seated. Now, I’m not saying that children shouldn’t learn to remain focused and on task, or when to talk or not talk, but it seems clear to me that socialization withinthe classroom isn’t really what we :think: it is, at least in contrast with the perceived lack thereof in hs.

It additionally saddens me to know that recess is being eliminated in some schools, and lunch hours are being shortened. Lower test scores must mean we need more instruction! Aside from being able to play with your friends, and get to know them or learn how to interact with peers, how about the loss of getting to play period? Ironically, the newsletter written by he principal at our local school outlines a recommendation to parents to ensure that their children get enough time to play, and that this can foster critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Learning All The Time describes the phenomena whereby we have now equated childhood with traditional school models, rather than these things being distinct aspects of a child’s life. That was an interesting thought to chew on.

Anyway, my apologies for a rambling (and probably riddled with typos) post, but this has been on my mind.

Hope you’re having a great week!