So, How's It Going?

Well, since you asked, I'll tell you. :) Two months, that's how long we've been doing this school at home thing. That went fast...



























The first month was long and I was tired most of it. I may or may not have had a few...er..."moments" in that first month. It all worked out, though, because my husband and kids are awesome, so we worked together until we figured a few things out and found a routine that works. 

Go Team Keys!

I'm happy to report that my girls have only positive things to say about this experience so far. That might be because they get like two hour recesses...

On that note, I've also been amazed watching them become better friends. The first couple weeks were questionable. They got on each other's nerves (okay, mine too) and I was doubtful. Then, it was as if something clicked in their brains and they started being best friends. Of course, I still have to run interference, occasionally, but they really are doing great together. They play and play and play together and when I say it's time to do some school...they beg to keep playing. :) 

Naturally, Daddy teaches math...




















And I teach reading and writing!!


Teaching someone to read is a very powerful experience. I was a little scared of the idea at first, it seemed so overwhelming. It's been exciting, though, watching her figure it out. The light in her face when she reads a word, or a sentence is just wonderful. Teaching someone to read is literally like opening up a whole world to them. (says the avid reader, writer!)

I love the flexibility we have, now. We took our family vacation after school started! The picture below is us, having fun in Sedona. I'm learning a lot about schedules and flexibility. I am a planner and an organizer so yes, we have a routine. Still, I have to make room for the unplanned and unexpected...and I have to be okay with that. So, I'm learning...




















All in all, it's working for us. We've already started reading in Kindergarten, and we are dividing and multiplying in third grade.

Success!

I've learned, these past two months, that nothing is impossible and we can all rise to a challenge when needed. Don't underestimate your ability. I certainly did. I doubted my ability to be patient, to encourage, but I've seen myself rise to the challenge and as I've relied heavily on grace, well, its worked. I've watched my girls rise to the challenge, too. They are learning how to be self motivated, how to focus and get the job done, how to pay attention to details. Mostly, I've learned what I did know, but now really know...

We are all students...

always learning...

always growing...


And that's as it should be!

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