Adventures in homeschooling

I know it’s only been one day, and I know that I’m not the one there making sure they sit down and do their work, but I think I’m going to dig this homeschooling thing. Scheduling was a bit off yesterday, and they got started later than intended, but they finished everything in just a couple of hours letting me know that I didn’t overload them with work. Granted, they were each missing a class to work on, but still.

The other class material came in yesterday. Given how quickly they went through their work yesterday, I think they will do fine with the full load.

There really wasn’t any complaining though Jamie didn’t seem to care too much for Algebra II. And grading her Algebra II work was like I had traveled back in time and was grading my own. Bless her heart. 🙂 Chad got to a point where he was tired and not paying attention and just didn’t care anymore. :sigh: But, I had a little talk with him this morning that may or may not have done any good.

Anyway, I’m pretty enthusiastic so far about how it’s going. Again, I know it’s only been one day. I have hope. 😉

12 Responses to 'Adventures in homeschooling'

  1. Jenn says:

    I have been keeping you in my thoughts with this. Algebra II – oh, painful memories. I am so scared for when little man is old enough for that and we’re going to have to help him with his homework. No bueno.

    • DragonLady says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Oh, I loved Algebra. And Algebra II? Oh, I have such fond memories of that class. Granted they involve me and my best friend being separated from the rest of the class along with 2 other kids as Mrs. Shaw’s last resort before sending us to the principal’s office because we wouldn’t be quiet. Fun times. lol Actually I just loved math up until I tried to minor in math in college. Ugh. I did look at Jamie’s first section and it was set theory and I had flashbacks to Discrete Structures in college which was an epic fail for me along with Assembly Language.

      I dread next semester when we’ll be doing Spanish I & II at the same time. We know little more than Sesame Street Spanish.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    We homeschool our son who is Autistic. My husband and I share the responsibility of it, which really helps. He does the Algebra/math/whatever with numbers because I can only do the basics. I passed my college Algebra with only a B so I am glad my hubby is handling the math for me. Just not my forte!

    • DragonLady says:

      My problems with Algebra were always arithmetic mistakes. Even in college. But Geometry & Trig? Blew them away. AP Calculus was no prob. Calculus I in college, no problem. Calculus II? Professor gave me a D out of the kindness of his heart. Calculus III? Dropped it after the first class. lol 🙂

      My daughter self-diagnosed herself with Asberger’s. I think all her social issues are environmental from this disfunctional home. My son is ADHD. My husband and I are sharing the responsibility also. He is the one who is home all day to make sure they do their work. And we each know where we are stronger on some subjects than others and it’s a pretty even split between the 2 of us. 🙂

  3. Hmmm. Accidentally ran across you whilst looking at pipe smoking videos on YouTube and decided I’d look up your blog, and what do I find? Homeschooling! How excellent!

    I’ve got four kids. Homeschooled them all–or, I should say, we’ve homeschooled two and are homeschooling two. I’m very pleased with the results. Won’t belabor you with them, but for example: Oldest Son was into his fourth semester of college calculus before he started encountering material he hadn’t seen at home.

    What do I know of calculus? Nothing.

    You will do fine. Fear not.

    Should you choose to visit my blog, beware: there be dragons.

    • DragonLady says:

      My husband took my pipe. Lucky for him the happy pills squashed any desire I had to smoke. And he smokes the cherry cavendish that I just love to smell. 🙂

      Thanks! 🙂 After yesterday’s bout with getting the boy to do his work and my daughter not being able to finish hers, I needed a pep talk. 😉

      You had me at dragons. :cheesy:

  4. I am a contracted teacher for classes of homeschoolers. I teach mostly high school courses with a college prep tone.

    I’ve been doing this kind of teaching for 15 years after some 25 years in the traditional classroom. I know for a fact that homeschooling can be very effective because most of my students go on to universities. And with scholarships too!

    The best part of all this: we don’t have to be politically correct!

    • DragonLady says:

      My daughter has been doing real well, although she hates the English curriculum. I then remind her that she didn’t want to go to public school. lol

      My son is going to need some math tutoring because he has forgotten a lot. Probably because he hasn’t done homework since 4th grade. :-/ Good thing I always liked math. 😉

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Homeschooling is a challenge since one must be so disciplined. I try to be easy going and not very rigid with a schedule since my son is Autistic and he cannot sit for more than 20 minutes tops without losing interest or tuning me or his father out. So, though I am assured in the fact he is getting a better education at home than at school, I always feel guilty – like I should be doing more, but I do not know what! Ever feel like that? :nolisten:

    • DragonLady says:

      Yes, I do! I’m a bit more easy with my son’s schedule because he’s younger, but this should be my daughter’s senior year, so I am a little more rigid with her schedule to get her to finish on time. Plus, she is better about staying focused on task once she gets started. I feel like I should be doing more but there just isn’t enough hours in the day since I am the one working full time. :timeout:

      • Elizabeth says:

        I got it, but can you recommend any books that have really helped you with your son that I may be able to incorporate for my son. Yes, he is 15 but he Autistic so he still studies at a 5-6th grade level and the damage the school system has done to him I fear is irreparable.

        Thanks! :star:

        • DragonLady says:

          I wish I could, but I haven’t really found one for him yet that really nails it. I just started the A.C.E curriculum because I had access to most of what I needed for free. 😉 It is all self-paced and Chad doesn’t do as well with that as Jamie does. Hence, I actually have to supplement the curriculum with hands-on teaching. Thank goodness I still remember (mostly) how to do Algebra. 🙂

          And I am dealing heavily with the fallout from damage done in middle school. :sigh: