I have a New Year's Resolution: To have an answer ready when people ask about what we are studying in our homeschool. As often as I get asked that, I still stumble over my answer.
Some people just want to know that my kids are learning something. Other people are just being kind and making pleasant conversation. And still others are really curious about homeschool for themselves and would like to know that it is not as difficult as they imagine.
Usually, I really do know which is which. I know when telling someone that we just "wing-it" at my house, would set off every internal alarm they have, rending them a tad bit argumentative. And I can usually tell when someone is just being nice, and doesn't really want my treatise on the state of the failed public education system.
And there are the occasionally truly curious people who really want the full answer. But, alas, they are few and far between.
And I have been treating them all the same. Ask me a dixie cup sized question, and I will douse you with a whole pitcher full of answer. Hmmm. Why is it that I work so hard to let my children be delight-led in their learning, but with everyone else, I bring out the sledge hammer?
So here's my new answer: Jor Man is studying Ancient Greece. Sher Bear is fascinated by Ancient Egypt. Campster is concentrating on her reading skills. Huntz is reinforcing his times tables, and doing science experiments. And we are all working on kindness. That seems to be the theme of the new year.
It's still not a short answer, but I like how I didn't have to explain how we got there. If someone wanted to know more, I could explain that the kids are all starting skiing lessons today, and the boys are beginning their electric guitar and drum lessons tonight. Oh, and next week, we will begin our study of Jewish holidays.
That feels much better to me. People don't always want to know my whole educational theory. That's okay. I don't have to explain myself to everyone. (Just you readers!)
What's your "short-ish" answer for what your homeschool is studying right now?
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