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Homeschooling | a black and white photo essay

Although my blog is not specifically about homeschooling, I often get homeschooling questions from readers. Since a lot of people don’t really know what a homeschool looks like (of course, that varies from home to home!), I though it would be fun to give you a peek into some of our homeschooling days.

Please do know, though, that there are times when homeschooling is not photo essay worthy. Sometimes I’m frustrated, sometimes children have bad attitudes, sometimes a lot of times they don’t read directions, and sometimes they cry (I don’t think I’ve ever actually cried about homeschooling, but I did cry about potty training back in the day. In case you wanted to know.) Anyway, homeschooling isn’t perfect, and I’m not trying to present it as such. But, I do feel the the happy moments outweigh and outnumber the sad ones, and those happy moments are the ones I’m sharing.

{Our daily United States geography card game. Joshua and I play at breakfast and the girls watch and listen.}

{a post-breakfast state geography game on the computer}

{Zoe staring down an especially difficult state}

{reading practice on Zoe’s floor}


{doing state papers for our geography study}


{lunch at our neighborhood pier, with a side of bubble-blowing}

{the post-lunch half hour reading time}

a.k.a. 30 minutes of quiet time for me, cleverly disguised as a fabulous educational tool


{math checking session on the kitchen counter, using a crayon to mark wrong answers.}

{math and handwriting at the kitchen table}

{the kitchen table does show up a lot, doesn’t it?}


{once-a-week Latin and composition with my mom}

{reading practice on the sofa}

{ok, so maybe this doubles as snuggle time}

{it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.}

{piano practice for Lisey, piano-practicing supervision+laundry-folding for me}

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rebecca

Wednesday 14th of November 2012

Thanks for this. I've been thinking about homeschooling and this simple photo diary has helped me think clearer than many long articles!

Tammy

Friday 13th of May 2011

I love that picture of Sonia (?) perched on her toes right on the very edge of the chair. So darling.

David

Thursday 12th of May 2011

Thank you for the beautiful trip down memory lane - our home schooling finished this year - all the kids have finished and are headed for college. Our last of our 7 moved out this spring. All of those pictures are a treasure! I could identify with every one of them - and I miss it all already. Again, thank you...

Wendy

Thursday 12th of May 2011

What card game/computer game are you using for U.S. state geography please? I want to do geography over the summer since my son is not getting it in school (at least not yet, rising 5th grader).

Kimberly

Thursday 12th of May 2011

We also homeschool- ages 8 and 5- and plan on going through high school. There are challenges... and joys! Over the years, I have learned not to get too stressed out about "messing up" the kids. It will all come out in the wash, as they say! I enjoyed the pics! ;)

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