Chrysalis Academy Posted November 11, 2014 Share Posted November 11, 2014 I just read my weekly email from Simple Homeschool, and this quote really jumped out at me: But all three kids are in middle school now and, like the middle pages of a story I love, Iâ€™ve found that this season presents new challenges. I have to discipline myself not to become bored, irritated, or anxious to skip ahead in this chapter of homeschooling. I remind myself that there is much to learn in the middle of things. (here is the URL for the full post: http://simplehomeschool.net/middle-years-homeschooling/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SimpleHomeschool+%28Simple+Homeschool%29 Does anybody else have a hard time with this? Being here now, I mean. I find it so easy to think & plan (obsess?) over what comes next, whether it's the next book or high school, that I have a hard time staying in the present. And because there are so many cool things to learn, it can be hard to stay focused on the basic/foundational knowledge that a kid needs to be able to learn all that cool stuff. I'm thinking particularly of science, where I realize that we need to stop and focus on dd learning basic chemistry & biology in order to understand the cool stuff that we both find so interesting. But it's a chronic problem, I tend to look ahead and find all kinds of great resources for the future, but have a hard time choosing age and stage appropriate stuff that is still engaging. It seems like my essay assignment ideas are always a little to hard, the books I want her to read are a little out of reach, I'm constantly having to revise plans to fit the reality. Which is fine, I'm pretty good at seeing when I've overreached and being flexible. But it has been on my mind a lot lately. Do you have a hard time staying engaged in what your kid is learning in the here and now? Do you find yourself assuming they are ready for more? How do you maintain high expectations and the sweet spot of offering them things that make them stretch and grow, without pushing? Anybody feel like talking about this? 20 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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