Posted by: monsonmadness | August 9, 2012

Home school: The good, the bad, and the ugly!

The good: An enormous sense of accomplishment and pride as the kids learn good quality things that make them happy and that they show interest in. Hearing them tell their Dad about all of the things that they have learned that day. Teaching Emma and Mary to read and write. Seeing a huge improvement in some of my kids and their different abilities after only a few weeks. Seeing the kids work together and play together, they are hilarious to watch during recess as they collect rocks and berries to sell at their “store”. Science experiments and hands on learning. Seeing how excited all the kids get when it’s time for art and music. Learning about clouds and then going outside to lay on our backs on the grass to watch and observe the fluffy clouds sailing overhead in the bright blue sky. Watching the older kids taking turns to teach the small girls the alphabet, counting, colors, animals, how to write, and more.

The bad: Not having enough motivation to do school some days. Only averaging 4 out of 5 days a week for school, but figuring that if we go year round with one day a week off, we’ll still come out ahead! Getting migraines and bronchitis, and not feeling well enough to teach, but knowing that I have to do it anyway. Being completely exhausted everyday and going to bed with the kids at 8pm. Benjamin’s “thunder face” when I make him actually do real work for the majority of the day (This boy wants to live in a world of recess and playing). Still adjusting and planning so that there is actually dinner on the table at the end of a home school day!

The ugly: Hannah and Daniel unable to keep their hands to themselves and getting into fights almost every day (and of course I have moved them around, but Hannah fights with whoever she sits next to) Realizing how far behind one of my kids got in math last year 😦 The laundry and housework piling higher and higher…



  1. The good sounds awesome!!! Good luck with the bad and ugly stuff- those things do not sound fun to deal with. Scotty is just like Benjamin!!

  2. You’re doing a great job and the kids are enjoying it. Hannah is just Hannah. Get used to it! At least youa re able to assess how much they are learning, and I’m sure it’s a lot more fun than “real” school for them. Well done. x

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