Our first week of unschooling

I suppose the title of this post should be deschooling because we’re still all getting used to the fact that there is no school. Cas asked a couple of times, “Do I have school tomorrow?” As he’s asked me since he started kindergarten last month. He’d be bummed if I’d said yes and if I said no he’d say “Yay! What about the day after that?” wondering how many days of no school he would get. Now we’re on day 5 of no school and I have to say there’s been an interesting shift of just about everything in our house.

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Dear Siri

You are an amazing girl. I am so proud to be your mom. I love everything about you. You are strong, confident, funny, smart and creative. You are a natural leader. Your siblings love you and look up to you. You guide them and have taught them so many things. You are patient and understanding. You have more friends who are boys than girls and I think this is just because of your style of play. You love to have fun and to be silly. I can’t tell you enough just how much I love you and how proud of you I am.

Love,
Mom

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The start of homeschooling

We pulled Siri and Cas out of school on Monday, September 28th. We’ve talked of homeschooling the kids off and on since Siri was 3. Then we foolishly thought she might be odd or unusual if she was a homeschooled kid, which is just silly. She’s been “homeschooled” since before kindergarten and didn’t go to daycare. She did preschool of and on, but school isn’t what makes her who she is. And to be honest, since the kids have been out of school for a few days now, I’m already seeing a little shift in their moods, how they play with each other and how they learn.

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