Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fits and starts

I am trying to settle into the varied pace of homeschooling Pablo. One day he can't stop, and the next he doesn't want to even think about anything school related. I keep being worried that I am doing something wrong, but the only thing I am really doing wrong is worrying and getting tense about pace. I still have it in my head that he needs to do something every day, but really, we have so much time. I mean, at 5 and doing 3rd grade work, if the kid wants to coast sometimes, that is fine with me.

This week we got the new They Might be Giants CD and DVD:

I am, once again, in love with these guys!!! Now Pablo is super excited about science. He wants to know all about cells, and about the periodic table. We went to the library and got books on this stuff, and he is completely psyched. The first day, he spent about 8 hours memorizing the periodic table. Today, he didn't touch it. I am getting more ok with his pace.

In other news, he is virulently against making new friends. He says he has enough, and prefers his own company. He has no interest in getting together with kids he doesn't know. I feel better about letting this sit for a while, because I remember being the same way as a child. Now I am no paragon of social ability, but I can see where he is coming from. His head is so full of his own world that trying to share it with other people would just be too much work.

Giving it time is all I can do. I feel pretty peaceful about it, which is nice.

1 comment:

  1. Well, this is just my personal opinion, but I think stops and starts are fine. In fact, I would say that is the main gift you are giving him by homeschooling -- that he can go at his own pace.

    I think it is natural to ebb and flow... do you do something like that in your life? Get really into something and then take a break. Think of how it feels to come back to something, what new information you've gained in the interim, how your perspective is different, richer...