Well, it has taken several days for me to get back to my Blogging A to Z Challenge, but here is my post for “C”. “C” is for children, choices, curriculum, conventions and chaos. Obviously, since we are a homeschooling family, our children play a major role in our lives. We do not have to send them to school, so they are pretty much around 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 365 days out of the year. I must say I like it this way. I do not just love my children because I am their mother, but I genuinely like them. As they are now 14-years-old and up, conversations provide entertainment as well as information. One never knows what might come up in the course of our conversations.
“C” is also for choices. I love having the freedom and flexibility to pick curriculum that interests them and works for their learning style, while taking into account my teaching style. I try to allow my children to make choices for their subjects and sometimes the curriculum we use. However, there are times when I find it necessary to take over and make the decisions for them. This remains true especially when Dad find something he feels our children need to do or learn.
I love the variety of curriculum and instructions types available to our family. But more importantly, I love attending Homeschool Conventions so we can physically see the curriculum in person. Since we turn these conventions into mini-vacations, it makes it fun for the entire family to go. When our children were younger, they attended the Children’s Conventions. As our oldest grew up and matured out of the Children’s Conventions, we allowed him to volunteer at the conventions. Now that they are all teenagers with one twenty-some thrown in the mix, we allow them to chose what they do. Cell phones allow us to monitor where they are and what they are doing. Texting allows us to inform them when they need to meet us somewhere. So it is a win-win for everyone. Of course, our daughter is required to stay with one of her older brothers or one of us for my peace of mind.
Chaos invariably reigns as we try to pack up and leave the conventions. With luggage for seven, pillows, blankets, typically some sleeping bags, a cooler plus all the things we purchased at the conventions loading the van can become interesting. Fortunately, my husband and oldest son are able to handle this beautifully.
So what comes to mind for you when you hear the letter “C”? I would love to hear from you.