But we're finally organizing some sort of routine.
I find myself overwhelmed some days. Some days they work so slowly thru the material (and spend quite a bit of time giggling and playing with the dog and cats) I wonder if we'll ever finish even one subject. And the little one
...ummmm, Mama just poured herself a glass of wine, we'll do Spanish tomorrow...
One thing I do notice the girls constantly asking is, what are the public school kids doing now? They are still very aware of when PE is and when Math is and when recess is...not in a sentimental kind of way, just in a 'wow, it's so weird we aren't there doing those things anymore' kind of way. They tell me often they are happy being homeschooled, and I've noticed a significant difference in the pace and mood around the house, especially in the mornings. We sleep in (sorta - it's more like we stay in PJs longer but still get up around the same time). We take our time. And yet the days still go by fast. But in a different way. They go by fast with us together now. They used to go by fast with the kids away for a good part of the day. Always rushing to something or through something. And that's one of the (many) reasons I wanted to homeschool: time was going by so fast, I felt like I was missing out on so much of their day...and rushing them thru the rest of it. As the years tick by, it's amazing to me how you can one day wake up and barely recognize the little babes.
I have a friend who's homeschooling two girls about the same age as mine; he's been at it about 8 months. He's (following the same curriculum) and is at the point where they may do math at 8am, cursive at bedtime, just whenever the mood hits them. His third grader can make chocolate chip cookies from scratch all by herself, has learned to sew pillows, and does her own laundry. She's also no longer afraid of math and has confidence where once stress and pressure used to be. He says some days you pour yourself a cup of coffee, look at them and think, "that's how it's supposed to be, no stress about grades or tests, just the joy of learning" - and not just learning the 3 R's, but learning how to be independent little people.
Ahhhh, sounds lovely....
Some days it's hard to know which yardstick to measure progress by. But I agree, it all matters. It's all filed away and will someday perhaps be measured by nothing more than how much wine it required for survival.
Or how many minutes it takes to make a hopping bunny stop hopping!
We're getting there!