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When I announced that we were homeschooling I was kind of nervous thinking about what kinds of responses I was going to get. Were people going be supportive or would they tell me I was stupid and on the express train toward ruining in my own child? I waited for it. For just one person to say this was a mistake. But it hasn’t come yet. If anyone DOES think I’m going to ruin my kid, they haven’t said anything. The response was overwhelmingly positive and supportive, and I am so thankful for that. I know that at some point during this homeschool journey chances are high someone, somewhere will have something negative to say, but for now I’ll just enjoy all the positive vibes I can get.
My friend Jenn, who is a teacher, was over this weekend and left us with some books from her massive personal library and today we busted out “Teeth, Tails, & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book” by Christopher Wormell. We read it once during Basement Time, and then again at bath time. Let me tell you, if you have a child that won’t sit still, bath time is the perfect time to capture their attention. There’s nowhere for them to go unless they want to be naked and cold.
We’ve been having a little trouble counting all the way to 20, but he did really well engaging and counting along with this book. He even made it all the way through 20 one time without missing a number. I was so proud and he was so happy. We’ll definitely be getting this one out again to practice some more. There are even little snippets in the back of the book that teach you about all the animals, and he found that super interesting. Somehow we ended up on a whole tangent about marsupials. Oh, and then we had to pretend to be bears climbing trees. And we hissed like snakes and “bit” each other with our fangs. It was basically the best part of my day.
And here we are at the end, and I’m feeling those twinges of guilt for not doing enough with the day. Even though it was a tough one with allergies and headaches and extra non-homeschool work. I’m trying to shake those thoughts off though. It was still a good day with progress and triumphs. He counted to 20! He cleaned his butt! He ate something other than candy! I’ll take whatever wins I can get.
Did you have any triumphs today? Big or small, I’d love to hear them!
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