Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Contemplations

Today I was doing a little lesson planning and entering some grades into Homeschool Tracker Plus and realized that this just may very well be the last week I'll homeschool.

We'll be taking off the next two weeks to get ready for Christmas and just enjoy our normal winter break.

The first couple of weeks of January is full of dental checkups, physicals, new student orientation, book buying and perhaps a trial run drive-by at the community college.

January 19th is the first day of classes.

Of course we'll continue to read good books. Good books are always on the menu around here.

Our outsourced Chemistry class will continue, but not until January 6th as they're off for winter break for the next three weeks.

But I'm not sure how much at home learning we'll be doing. Actually I am, because with two college courses for a student who hasn't been near a classroom in 7 years and the Chemistry class, I'm sure Baby Boy's plate will be full to the brim. I'm not looking to overload him.

So . . . am I still a homeschooling Mom? Do I still maintain a homeschooling blog? Do I still have anything relevant to add to the homeschooling community? When you've dedicated your life to home educating your child, and that adventure (and it truly is an adventure) starts to draw to a close, do you resign yourself to a life of intense housecleaning?

Do I become a trophy wife? I do have a dazzling smile. ;-)


Inquiring minds want to know.


Anyone been there done that? Anyone thinking about being there doing that?


Until next time . . .


13 comments:

momofboys said...

Well, my oldest will be graduating in May, but I will still have my youngest to homeschool(10th grade), so I guess I am not quite where you are now but it is still going to be really strange next fall only having one child to homeschool. When I finish homeschooling my youngest I will most likely back to work. I have a nursing degree and I am sure I will need to work to help get them both through college.
Tell Baby Boy I said good luck on this next adventure in his life and to enjoy each moment because they go by too fast.

:)De said...

Oh my...I know that I don't want you to leave blogland...I have lost too many great blog buddies already. I am so happy for Baby Boy and I admire what you have done to take him on this journey. I have hope.

Peace

Rebel said...

Don't leave us! I promise to start posting more regularly myself after my last final tomorrow. Personally, I had to grieve the lose of being a homeschool mom. That was my main identity for 7 years. Now, I'm just a supportive mom and fellow student. :-)

Ami said...

Lyssa is still learning, but I am not teaching her.

I identified myself as a homeschooling mom forever... it was a weird transition for me to try to figure out who I was supposed to be now.

I still don't know.

But I'm still blogging. And you should, too. Keep us updated on how college goes etc.

And dazzling smile? Yep. But you're so much more than a trophy wife.

:)

movinginspirals said...

Oh, I hope you don't stop blogging. My daughter will be starting high school next year and your posts (and archives) have been a blessing – just to see how a homeschooler with older kids navigates the journey helps provide a sense of "okay, we can do this."
Clean house, dazzling smile... just be who you are! :-)

The Foil Hat said...

It's weird, isn't it? Danny started college classes last fall and I'm still adjusting. I think it's weirder for us than it is for the kids.

That said, you definitely have to keep blogging. No question.

Jana said...

I have been there and didnt' know how to do it. I was waiting for grandbabies, then found out I was pregnant. And here I go again with two little ones. I am so glad that I don't have to face that question.

I feel for you, and wish you an easy journey into the next phase of your life, whatever that is.

Please don't stop blogging, I would miss you.

Obi-Mom Kenobi said...

Of course you still have much to give to the homeschooling community. You've gotten Baby Boy to that shiny point on the horizon that we've all been struggling towards. You're there, and let me tell you sometimes I really need to know that it's possible to make to that bright point on the murky horizon.

Additionally, you've always been more that just yet another homeschool mom with a blog. You're a blog friend with much to say (even when if it's not always profound), and a damn good one at that.

Holmes Family said...

Well I'm not there yet, but I believe once you have made the choice to homeschool you are always a homeschooling mom. And yes I intend to keep telling myself that even when the boys are loading up in their car and heading off to a life that doesn't involve mom catching everything they do.

Your house has been established as an educational haven. So whenever Baby Boy faces a road block in his college classes he will know he can go to his resourceful mother; who can track down tons of materials that will help him better understand the subject he is taking.
Good luck to him! And enjoy watching all your hardwork pay off!

karisma said...

LOL! Well from my point of view, we are always learning, therefore you can still blog about your daily antics and fun times right? I am pretty hopeless at keeping up my blog on a regular basis let alone just posting about homeschool stuff. I used to document everything, these days Im far too relaxed. Hehe!

Oh and I see if you keep posting Rebel promises to do so as well. So there is some incentive for you!

Hugs and smoochies xoxox

Jennifer in Vancouver said...

Hmm ... those are good questions. And I will join in with the rest who have requested that you please keep blogging!

So, perhaps, strictly speaking, you aren't a homeschooling mom anymore. But I think, that, often, as part of this homeschooling journey, we start to realize that "learning" is not something that only takes place within a classroom. Learning and discovering can in fact be a source of joy and fun. We become lifelearners, who develop new interests and learning passions. Perhaps now, you will have a chance to explore some more of your passions. Community theatre? Piano lessons? Pick up a new language? Who knows!

I hope that you will keep us all up-to-date on all of your (and your family's) thoughts, musings and adventures!

Kathy said...

We're halfway through our home learning journey, but this is something I've thought about. It must be very strange, and I feel for you. But I do hope you continue blogging. Maybe you could blog about what it's like to be a trophy wife. ;o)

mommy p said...

I've been reading your blog for a few months now but have never commented. As a new homeschooler I appreciate that you have shared your experience.
I hope you keep on blogging.

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