Diane at Cabin In The Woods wrote that blogging about high school is hard because “every day is like the day before”. This is true for me in many ways. There are only so many photos I can post of the girls in front of the computer plugging away at Teaching Textbooks, or curled up on the couch in front of the fire reading, or practicing piano. Our days have a predictable routine and of course, there is room for deviation, but our days are not all that exciting.
Last night I posted a photo on IG of us in front of the fire ending our day. In a few words I summarized what was our Monday: Lilah wrote down all the notes to her Muzio Clementi Sonatina, then read a short biography about his life, completed a notebook page for her Book of Centuries and practiced the sonatina after listening to it on YouTube. Grace learned the back story to Hey Jude and Yesterday, watched The Beatles old footage on YouTube, figured out where the lyrics to Yesterday went on her sheet music, and dissected the dynamics of this piece. They both fought their way through math. Lilah read. Grace created an IG account for the kennel she volunteers at. We all previewed 6 history lessons to determine if we want to add the curriculum to our line up. We ran to Staples to get new binders for their new music. I walked the dog, made lunch and dinner, and cleaned up lunch and dinner. The girls fed the rabbit and the frogs and the dogs, and we ended the day as we usually do, with Gilmore Girls.
All good stuff... but it won’t leave you on the edge of your seat. This blog is about homeschooling, it always has been, and recently I have had readers that I did not even know I have email me asking about writing group, or art journaling, or record keeping, and that motivates me to keep writing about homeschooling middle and high school. However, what really motivates me to keep recording our lives, is my girls. My blog books have bent spines from all the times they have been taken off the shelves and opened. The fun times are all there in between the covers. The adventures, the playdates, the vacations, field trips, holidays, sports, activities, pets, family, and yes, our lessons, books and projects.
Homeschooling does not define us, it is just a piece of who we are as a family. I am not driven by college applications, although college is a goal for my girls. I am not driven my income generation from sponsors of a blog. I am not driven by a particular educational philosophy or even a parenting philosophy. This is just us, as I have said before, the good, the not so good, the magical, and the mundane. Ultimately, this is a blog written to my girls, to Grace and to Lilah, for them to recount all the ups and downs of our family and smile or laugh or cry at all the day to day moments that comprise our very full lives.