Well, it’s that time of the year…..
And for the last 8 years I have been happily homeschooling my little darlings and enjoying every minute of it.
Okay, maybe not EVERY single minute…. like that failed experiment in paper mache that molded… or trying to learn how to read… or oh, fractions… shesh… okay…. well, you get the point… most of the time it was a lot of fun.
But with Jessy in her second year of college… Maggie has been feeling a little, well, left out of the world of courses and assignments and all that jazz. And she absolutely adores technology… and well, she decided over the summer that she really wanted to do the online school thing.
Online? Charter School? Forms? Birth Certificates? Testing?
Oh my gosh… how did I fail my child? I mean, we’re like one step away from being branded hippies! Anti-establishment and all that. I mean, we like urban homestead and make stuff and work at home and all that stuff. Now my precious little baby wants to get all structured and rigid and join the man with his achievement tests and books and all that stuff? Huh?
Hahaha… well, it’s not that bad, actually. We survived the first week kinda okay. It was a little touchy at first, a pretty steep learning curve for old mom here. I mean the forms and paperwork were a little more than I was used to…. But we got through it, got enrolled and started our week.
And then the boxes started to arrive.
First it was the computer and the monitor and the printer and the box of accessories. That was pretty fun. And I must admit, the computer is a very nice HP modern computer with a nice large flat screen and a nice Lexmark printer.
Hmmm. The man knows how to pick good computer equipment.
And then today… MORE BOXES! Books and student books for writing in and science equipment and art materials and fine art prints and reading books and even an inflatable globe and other fun things.
Hmmmmmmmmm….. and they seem pretty good. In fact, they sent us the very same history books that we have been using in previous years… The History of US…. a really cool set of learning textbooks.
And after talking with her teacher Miss Bridget, I began to realize that this might not be so torturous after all. In fact, it’s all driven by the student… the more the kid wants to do, the more courses and fun stuff they can have. Maggie is already into the 3rd lesson in her science course, and got 100% on a review quiz that she just had to tell her Dad about and she’s gotten all her placement tests done, even doing two extra sets just to be sure.
She even got up early and hit the computer before breakfast!!!
Oh my gosh. I have a little techy schedule geek child! She absolutely loves seeing the little computer schedule for her and the bars that show her accomplishments and all that. She wants to do this over the weekend too and get really caught up and on track.
I guess that our days of snuggling on the couch and reading all day are gone. Or just hanging out and doing fun crafts or cooking and gardening… waaaaaaaaa!
I wonder if I will survive this first step in that dreaded empty nest syndrome… my little birdies are getting their own wings ready to go out into the real world and doing their own thing!
Well, all good things must come to an end. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start a NEW NEXT good thing… so I’m excited for Maggie and I can see that I’m going to be learning a lot this year too!Pin It