I stopped doing Friday wrap up posts sometime last year. I had mixed feelings about them. I loved them. I loved having the accountability of putting on the blog what we actually accomplished during the week. At first I was using this blog as more of a portfolio, to show family and friends how we were learning. No one in my family has experience with homeschooling and many people (including myself) were very successful in traditional public school. This was a place to come to to see that we were connecting with other children while studying interesting, challenging subjects. I wanted people close to me to know how it was working for our family.
I realize apprehension and anxiety can be caused by reading what another family is doing, if you compare/contrast it to what your family is doing. I used to do that. I would tense up realizing that we were not doing advanced math in 4th grade, and we were not attending numerous national competitions, and we were not reading prolific amounts of books. I came to realize, if my girls were still in public school, they would not be doing any of these things either! Where they are is just where they should be. They each have their strengths and they each have their challenges, just like any other child, just like any other family. I no longer read an author's post and feel like we should'a / could'a / would'a done it differently if only I read that post earlier!
As my girls get older, especially in Grace’s case, I feel like I want that digital record of what she is doing. I am keeping a transcript for her 7th grade year. At the end of the year I would like to turn it into a portfolio, a paper and a digital one, including her highlights of the year, piano performances, and work samples. I am planning to “hire” my brilliant 15 year old nephew to help me with this project!
I have debated with a second private blog for our family journey and going back the the pure homeschool roots of this one. My family strongly objects to this. I have debated starting a blog just for homeschooling middle school. I don’t keep up with my vegetarian blog, which really should be deleted since I am no longer vegetarian.........there is no way I would keep up with a second blog.
It may be irrelevant to readers what we did on a week to week basis. Most may not care if we completed chapter 11 of Zoology 1 or watched a documentary on Super Storm Sandy. This information is completely relevant to my children however, and will actually be useful when completing a portfolio. Therefore, I am going back to a weekly wrap up post. I love Mary’s collage Friday and I love The Homeschool Mother’s Journal link up. My goal for 2013 is to link with both of these every Saturday!