Monday, June 23, 2008

A Productive Day

It has been such beautiful weather these past few weeks. Very cool compared to a typical June. It has been in the low 70's for the past several weeks, and I love it! I can have windows open and enjoy the weather. Evie and I have been taking lots of walks during the day. Today God gave me a serious burst of energy! I got so much done today. I love those kind of days :). I am still homeschooling Evie 1-2 days a week during the summer so she won't forget all she has learned. I took several weeks off, and I was shocked at how much she forgot. I didn't want to have to start all over in the fall, so I figured 1-2 days a week would be a great way to keep things fresh in her mind. Today we homeschooled for about an hour (that is usually all it takes), we walked the dog, I did 5 loads of laundry and folded them all, I played with Evie twice, I exercised on the elliptical machine, I weeded my flower beds and I just made a yummy quiche for dinner! I hope I have another day like this tomorrow :).


SchnauzerMom said...

Sounds like you had a busy, productive day!

Daisy said...

Jen, I had one of those days on Saturday! I love those bursts of energy, it's a great feeling. I took 5 bags of clothes to the Goodwill, went fabric shopping, went for a looong bike ride with the children, came home and cut the grass, weeded the flower garden, washed the dishes, cleaned the pool, started the laundry and on it goes. Once in awhile I will experience these energy bursts, and I get so much done.

Kelly said...

I have those days every so often! Enjoy them.

I just found your blog off of a comment you made on another blog, and I'll be back to read more.

I'm just happy to see another women, close to my age (I am older than you a bit though) with one child (a daughter).

I noticed that you homeschool your only child and I wondered if you've written some articles in the past about this, well the decision to homeschool an only child. My daughter may well be our one and only child and I'm considering homeschooling but I'm worried about the effect of being an only child in a homeschool situation, which is a bit isolating as it is let alone if you are dealing with an only child.

My daughter turns 3 in september so I have some time yet but it would be nice to get some input from someone in a very similiar situation. It is hard to compare to families with several kids.

Thanks for any help or advice you can offer.

Jen said...

Hi Kelly. I haven't been blogging for very long, but I think I did make at last one homeschooling post. I used to really be concerned with the whole socialization issue with homeschooling Evie. I started talking with people who send their kids to school, and I was amazed at how little socialization the kids really have. Yes, they are with kids all day long, but they don't get to talk to each other! One Christian school we were going to send her to, our neighbor's also send their girls to. Their daughter was in kindergarten this year, and it was all day. The mom told me that the kids had to sit at their desk ALL DAY LONG, and that they weren't allowed to talk to each other, even during lunch! I thought that was the saddest thing. This girl got so frustrated at first that she would scream and throw things when she got home. Kids that young should not be made to sit at a desk all day long and not talk. Many schools are eliminating recess now too, so really the socialization in schools just isn't happening. Plus I was amazed at how much more Evie had learned compared to the neighbor girl who went to kindergarten all day long.

Homeschooling an only is great. For socialization, she goes to our local homeschool gym class during the school year. It is twice a week, but we only went once a week. I also do a playdate once a week with a girl in our neighborhood who isn't in school yet. We go to church too, which is another way to get socialization. So she gets plenty. Plus she plays with the neighbor girls when they get home from school during the school year. The freedom of it is awesome. No getting up at the crack of dawn and rushing around to get to school on time. I can set my own schedule, and do what works best for Evie. You can homeschool in your jammies if you want to :). It only takes us about an hour or so to do a homeschool day. For 1st grade it will probably take almost 2 hours a day, but still, that is so little time compared to the 7 hours they have to spend at regular school (plus homework when they get home). Depending on where you are, there is typically a homeschool group somewhere that you could get involved in. I lived in a really small town before, and they even had a homeschool group that did art and gym class. I'm not trying to sell you on homeschooling :). It is definitely a big decision. It is rewarding though, and definitely worth looking into. I hope that helps! Sorry I was so long winded! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and I hope you come back soon :).

Kelly said...

Thanks Jen. I will keep reading your blog but your post is helping. It's early for me yet as my daughter is only going to turn 3 in september. But in a way I've already started homeschooling her just because she's with me all day.
She can do more than most 5 year olds, count to 20 and she's starting to read already.
My concern is that by the time she's old enough for school she'll know more than the other kids, be bored and get into trouble.
I don't know if where I live if they've stopped recess already but even kindergarden is all day here too, which I'm not thrilled with at all.
My daughter is also very socialize already because I take her everywhere with me. Our family doctor called her socially adept for her age. So she would be frustrated in a classroom where she couldn't interact with other kids.
You gave me some things to look into though.
Thanks again,