Tristan from Our Busy Homeschool was tagged in these questions the other day and while she didn't pass it along to anyone, I'm choosing to do them because I thought they were very interesting questions about homeschooling. (Mostly!)
1. Do you plan to homeschool "forever" or just for a season? Forever, as far as I know. If something pretty big changed, we'd obviously reevaluate but as of now, we're homeschoolers! :-)
2. What is your biggest homeschooling challenge, and how do you handle it? My biggest challenge is letting go of my controlling tendencies. I want things to be "just so" or go exactly as I've written them out and kids don't always do that so well! I have to take a step back and realize that it's not a disaster if we go "off on a rabbit trail" so to speak. For example, the other day when we were doing a lesson Zeke was playing in our big crayon box and not really paying attention. Then all of a sudden he said "Look! I made my name!"
So we took a break from our lesson and made our family's names and the alphabet with crayons for awhile. He's been doing it almost every day since then too. Was this what I had planned to do? No. But it didn't really matter. He learns best through play and especially games so playing the "crayon alphabet game" is not going to hinder him any - it may actually help.
3. If you have multiple children, how do you find one-on-one time for instruction? (I mainly mean for younger children and reading.) So far, I just have a 5 year old (Zeke) and a 19 month old (Ellie) - and luckily they both enjoy reading! We read together a lot but one-on-one reading time usually happens before bed - the kids and I read a short book in Ellie's room, I put her to bed, then we go to Zeke's room where he picks out a book for us to read together. We're doing Book-It too so he loves writing down the books we read on his list each night.
As far as schooling with multiple children, it just depends on the day. Some days are better than others. Ellie usually likes copying what Zeke's doing which works out pretty good most of the time - when he has homework, she likes to get coloring books and crayons and "do homework" too. A lot of the games and activities we do can be done by her as well, just in a smaller or easier format.
4. How do you find time for your own pleasure reading? I make time! I actually just wrote about this not that long ago! (Check out that link for more.)
5. How do you find any time for yourself? It's not really a problem. I think every mom needs to have a little time to herself so she doesn't go crazy. I also think it varies from person to person on how much time they actually need. My husband gladly watches the kids if I want to go do something or if I just need some time to myself, assuming he's available. I also have several family members who will babysit for me, or for us if we want to have a date night.
6. What is your favorite kid-friendly recipe? Do corn-dogs and mac & cheese count?! I kid. My kids love anything with chicken. Crockpot Chicken & Rice is super easy and I know everybody will eat some. Zeke can be pretty picky (he likes things with just cheese usually) so having a taco or quesadilla night and letting everybody make their own works out pretty well usually.
7. Why do you blog? I blog for a variety of reasons: I blog to share my life and stories with my family and others. I blog because it's fun. I've gotten to know a lot of interesting people and learn a lot more about blogging, parenting and marriage through them. I enjoy writing and it helps me to keep my writing skills in check. And I like doing the occasional product review or giveaway.
8. Boxers or briefs? Just kidding...sweet or salty...your favorite snack. Hmmm....mostly sweet, I would say.