By luck of the draw, I have Christmas Day. I know that I am busy watching my daughter open her gifts at my parent’s house in Virginia. And this past week, my family experienced a minor miracle of living arrangements and will be moving into a new home, complete with an office for me, before my post in January. 🙂
I thought about writing a long post about a technical topic, but I am moving that to January. It just doesn’t feel right to do anything else but to say that being a member of Austen Authors this year has been a huge blessing in my life, I was honored and ecstatic to meet fellow Austen Authors Sharon Lathan, Rose Fairbanks, Melanie Schertz, Regina Jeffers, and Sarah Price at AGM in October. This year has been tough for me personally and it shows in my book production, but being a military family, moving years are always hard.
In my post in October, I shared about a very special person in my life, my daughter, Catelynn. The outpouring of support on that thread came in handy! On November 10th, my daughter nearly left school property during recess over a disagreement with another child to “get some alone time because I was so frustrated,” and proceeded to have a 30-minute+ meltdown in the principal’s office. At no time did the school CALL ME, they waited to nonchalantly tell me what happened when I picked her up at the end of the day. Thankfully, we had Veteran’s Day break the next day and I had a calming off day. She did not go to school on Thursday, we went shopping for school supplies. On Friday, after speaking with her teacher (who was out that day she nearly was walking the street because there are no closed fences around the play area, even she was stunned no one had called and it had happened, they KNOW to watch for her at recess, we’ve had 3 accidents this year at recess), she attended school for 2 hours to give a nice farewell to her friends, and that was it.
Only now do we have a routine where I am writing again. But it has been an awesome month! I was never a big advocate of homeschooling before, but I do see how once you start doing it, your eyes are just opened to all of the drawbacks of public school that never even entered your mind.
First week of homeschooling, I got this comment: “Thank you, Mommy, for doing math until I got it.” Just off the cuff. I nearly lost it, but I nodded and hugged her and said at Mommy’s school, we always work on it until Catelynn gets it.
Second week of homeschooling was our first “But I miss my friends!” moment. We talked it out and she really missed recess. But we have added in 2-3 playdates a week and are members of a few homeschooling groups online for our area.
We just finished our first month and my daughter is flourishing. We have a fairly strict curriculum compared to other homeschoolers, in that I have lesson objectives and progress planned for every week (our state also requires quarterly reports and 225 hours a quarter). Even with the state requirements, families are still able to teach what they’d like. Many families are into unschooling, which is great for them, but not a good fit for us. But if that works for them, great. We do flexible schooling in that I will change things up if she’s struggling, maybe change subject or think of a new way to present the material.
This Christmas, I am so thankful for my family, for my country that allows me to protect my children (homeschooling, it turns out, is illegal in some countries), and that my family is soon to be in a safer living environment.
Merry Christmas, Austen lovers everywhere. And thank you for visiting here and know that I am sending you virtual hugs and kisses.