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Day 538: You’ll forgive me.

It’s nice to be back.

I didn’t warn you ahead of time, but I decided to take a break from my computer over Rosh Hashana. Technically I could have posted last night after the holiday ended, but after two nights of getting into bed at 9 p.m., I found that I rather like going to bed early and didn’t feel like staying up to post. I’m sure you’ll forgive my absence.

It was back to the school routine today at our house. One striking difference between homeschooling this year and homeschooling last year is that this year, there are actually (a very few) places we can go if we want to leave the house for a while. Today we biked to the public library, where I taught the kids how to use the self-serve checkout, and biked back home via the park. Both library and park were deserted, of course—everyone was back in school today—and it was a beautiful day to be out, sunshowers notwithstanding. It was one of those days that makes me feel euphoric about our decision to homeschool.

The euphoria lasted until K looked at her history assignment. There was yelling, then crying, then hugging… then more yelling, at which point I walked away. I’m finding that K has very extreme initial reactions to things like this, and after the initial acknowledgement it’s more effective to give her some time for the big feelings to abate instead of pushing her to do the work immediately. Still, I’m hoping that by the end of this year she’ll no longer be frustrated by instructions to summarize or take notes. A mom can hope, can’t she?

Image Description: Two trees with bikes parked beneath them and a picnic table beyond the bikes. N is sitting at the picnic table, reading. A few feet away R is reading standing up.

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