Thursday, May 23, 2013
It has been a really good school year, and we are now finishing it off with a flourish. My boys really enjoyed their first year of home school and did very well. We have already received our curriculum from Sonlight for next year, and my older son is really excited about that. Knowing how much my son will enjoy that curriculum, I too am excited about next year. Having started my son on an independent reading program towards the end of the year, I have structured a continuation of that program for the summer. I have him read for half an hour every day, and he is really enjoying it.
At the end of the year, I spent some time weighing the positives and negatives of our home school experience. The first observation I made was that it actually drew us closer together. The boys and I had a great time both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, I received a greater insight into my little boys, their passions and their abilities. Another benefit of homeschooling was the benefit of one on one instruction. Certainly this could not be minimized. Being able to spend that much time with my sons, I was able to really emphasize the areas of education that would most benefit them. Then there was the tremendous allowing us to maximize the learning experience for them. However, there were drawbacks along the way. One of the drawbacks I observed was that I am not strong in the area of the fine arts. Another weakness is the lack of social interaction. We did plan for outside social interaction, but it still was somewhat limited; however, the benefits far outweighed the disadvantages. It has been a great year.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
However, while my wife and I are happy to see the tree gone because of the danger it represented, my elder son has on numerous occasions indicated his sadness at not having the tree there anymore. I must admit I really liked the shade the tree provided and the beauty of the tree itself, but I am grateful we were able to take the tree down before it caused major damage to the house. One plus is that we now have a huge woodpile to burn in our fireplace during the winter months. It will also provide some great exercise splitting firewood this summer.