Monday, November 24, 2008

A nice thing about homeschooling

Janine and I ask our daughters to do lot. Janine prints off a list of tasks each morning. There are a couple hours of activities for our eight-year-old, and more for our older two girls. The list includes academics and spiritual activities, as well as chores around the house. We feel part of a good education is learning how to work, and learning some domestic skills. We want our child to contribute to the household and not have any expection that Mom and Dad exist to provide for them.

Over the last month they have done a lot. Our daughters are pretty good about staying focused. We are pleased.

But we're taking it easy this week! The girls still have to do their math and a couple other minor tasks. They will have hours and hours of free time. All three plan to read and read. I am so proud!

They are also eager to watch Babylon 5. I've been watching the DVDs with my daughters for several months. We are about half way through the second season. If it were up to them we'd finish the season this week. (Maybe even today.) But since it is up to me, we'll probably just watch four or five episodes this week.

One of the nice things about homeschooling is the ability to take it easy now and then, when we choose to, and not according to some schedule crafted by others with different goals and desires.


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3 comments:

NerdMom said...

How old were your girls when you let them start watching Babylon 5? How about Star Trek Next Gen? I don't know when to let my kids start watching some of that. I am really wondering when they can start Dr. Who.

building strong boys... said...

"One of the nice things about homeschooling is the ability to take it easy now and then, when we choose to, and not according to some schedule crafted by others with different goals and desires."

We were a family that used to move a lot and the flexibility that one finds in homeschooling is very re-assuring. That's just one of the many benefits of homeschooling.

We've also started a new homeschooling blog, and are building our blog roll. If you don't mind, we'd like to include this long-running blog in our list.

Thanks.
building strong boys...

Henry Cate said...

NerdMom - We started watching this year. My daughters are 14, 12 and 8. My older two are very much into the series. My youngest daughter watches some times, but will often go off and play. There are a couple intense times, but I think Babylon 5 is fine children eight and older.

buiding strong boys - welcome to the world of blogging. I hope you consider submitting something to the Carnival of Homeschooling.