Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Might as well be homeschooling

I've noticed a trend with my fourth grader lately. He goes off to school for eight hours a day. He comes home and he and I will work on various homework assignments for at least another hour and sometimes even two. All so he can do well on his TAKS test in the spring. I am doing so much proofreading and editing of his writing that it feels like I am in the fourth grade also.

So when I stop to think that my son is essentially doing school work for a total of ten hours a day, I often think homeschoolers have it right. They can spend what I hear is on average about four hours of true school work in the morning and the rest of the day is filled with other activities. Then I realize this is me we are talking about. There is no way I could ever be a homeschooling mom. I don't see myself as having the patience to deal with all that it truly would it entail. So where does that leave me...I guess back in the fourth grade doing a bunch of editing.


Anonymous said...

you could definitely do it! Patience is something you learn along the way. The time spent with your children would be an awesome reward. :0)

Real World Martha said...

I homeschool one (for reasons to complicated to get into now) and my oldest goes to public school. It just kills me that they have lunch on half days and watch movies at school. "Are these educational movies" I ask? Hahaha.

Nan said...

Hey girl... you are right... I just wonder how much time is left for being a child, ya know? :^(

And please don't think we homeschooling moms have a corner on the patience market! I get frustrated, I yell at my kids, my house is far from tidy most of the time. It's not something I do everyday because I have the patience for it, trust me!... but I don't have the patience for what you are having to endure... I guess I have a philosophical commitment to it and that pushes me on when my patience is wearing thin... which to be honest, is often!!