It's that time of year where the world sends kids to school; every post you read seems to say, "Thank God, the bus picked them up today." Unless you're a homeschooler, that is!
Despite any challenges that present in our homeschooling journey, both Punky and I remain convinced we are on the right path. We both enjoy watching the school bus drive by without Punky on it. Ok, we both enjoy the *idea* of the bus driving by with her on it since neither of us are awake when the bus actually goes by! The pluses always outweigh the minuses for us in homeschooling! Creating our own schedule, doing things in our own time, following the day as it unfolds rather than forcing it along remain top pluses on our 'Benefits of Homeschooling' list!
Yet, we are entering our 6th year of homeschooling and Punky's 7th grade academic year. We both agreed that each year of Middle School would bring an increased work load and more structured learning. Last year Punky was required to keep a notebook, divided by subjects, and she was given a weekly schedule of assignments to complete along with deadlines. This was met with mixed emotions. On one hand, she liked having the outline and deadlines and on the other hand she hated having deadlines. Ah, good grasshopper you are learning the ways of the world.