Home schooling has become such a common, legally accepted method of education that it was easy for us to decide to home school, find curricula, access support systems, etc. I just read a book about a home schooling family in the late 1970's who had to struggle with the "authorities" to have the right to home school, as well as how they would do it.
- The author worried about not keeping up with chores around the house. I have this concern too. I think I expect to much from myself, which causes me to disappoint myself regularly.
- Her son, when he was learning to read, had problems with "stamina" because at that stage reading was a very difficult task for him. I often forget that Catherine's skills and abilities are significantly lesser than mine. She is a rising second grader. It is still work for her to read even basic books. Until I read this section, I never thought that it may actually tire Catherine to read. I remember when I was in law school how exhausted I would get with new material, challenging concepts, and loads of reading and writing assignments. Catherine can experience that same exhaustion when reading beginner readers. I need to remember this and have more sympathy for her.
- The author describes her son's reaction to being given a worksheet of math problems: yawn, go sharpen his pencil, scratch imaginary lice in his head, and actually seem to forget that he has been given a worksheet. I love this description! I have witnessed a similar reaction from Catherine too. I call it "let the excuses begin." It is comforting to know that my child is not unique in her distaste of certain assignments.