Homeschooling Update {Week 3}

Remember that person who said she craved more structure this school year, the one who insisted she needed more detailed lesson plans, the one who did not just want to read a bunch of books and wing it?

Yeah, forget her—she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. 

Sharpened colored pencils in order from light to dark form a semi-circle.

Back to our usual this week, which means we do some grade-appropriate written work each day, Read All The Books, and just put one foot in front of the other without getting too wrapped up in the specifics.

What can I say; it’s what we know. And it has worked so far, so I do not know why I wanted to mess with a perfectly functional system. Sigh.

We also decided to ditch another text this week—a book of creation stories that had come highly recommended but turned out to be poorly written—and replace it with what the Agents refer to as “the book of creepy fairy tales.” It’s an older Reader’s Digest compilation we found at a used book sale years ago, and it includes about two dozen “original” versions of familiar stories like The Little Mermaid, Chicken Little, and The Snow Queen. It is awesomely disturbing, and we are very much looking forward to adding it to the rotation.

In non-school related stuff . . .

I had to go to the doctor yesterday and I brought all three Agents with me {although the girls sat in the waiting room and I just took Agent A back with me}. It was a quick appointment—maybe an hour and a half total, including the 15-20 minutes travel time each way. This is just the way we have always done it; we all just go together when anyone has an appointment. But it got me thinking about something.

At what point did you just leave your kids at home alone when you take care of things like that, and how did you decide the time was right? 

Agent E is 13 going on 30, and she would definitely be fine by herself for a bit. She has her own phone, could contact me immediately, and is very responsible. We have neighbors that are typically home during the day. {We don’t know them super well, but they are there.} She even has the cell number of a mom friend of mine who lives reasonably close and is okay with being a backup in a pinch.

But . . . I’m just not sure if I want her to be responsible for two other younger humans as well {her brother and sister}. Like, is that expecting too much? 

I should add that I have zero point of reference here, because I grew up as the youngest in a house with seven people, and so I never even had this come up. I am almost 47 years old, and I can count on one hand the number of times I have been alone in my parents’ house ever

Do you consider this a “skill” to be learned, or more of a “well, I had to go out once and you survived so next time we’ll do it again and hope for the best”? At what age{s} did you leave your kids home alone regularly, and did they have siblings with them?

In other news this week, our favorite dentist left the practice we go to, and we are seriously bummed. I mean, the rest of the office and the other primary dentist are great, too, but . . . you know what it is like to find a dentist you actually trust and like and do not even mind going to see. With both Senior Agents in braces, we were there at least twice a month for the past two years. Poor Agent A has logged many, many hours in that waiting room.

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  1. Great post! I think it depends on the maturity of the child. Myself, I was left alone at around the age of 11/12. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ Interested in doing collabs? xx

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