Wow, hadn't checked in for awhile!
I hope things are going well for Cat and LilMammiBella, that the new curriculums are working well for you and that the withdrawal process went well.
....We are still plugging along. We caught up with the work we were behind in last week - then, at the end of the week, spent two days trying to figure out whether/how/if we were going to go to my great-aunt's funeral (she'd been in hospice care for months, so it wasn't unexpected). So we didn't do school those days at all, and are behind again.
Anyway - it won't take long to catch up again. I hope.
I have several boxes of apples to make into apple butter and apple sauce (those posting on this thread last year will remember I was in a similar spot last year too!
). I've got to try to get those finished this week, some are starting to wrinkle....
I had a very interesting conversation with our CSA owners .... went out to help put their gardens to bed for the winter, and they started asking about our decision to homeschool, how it worked, etc. They have friends whose grandchildren were apparently several grades behind in school after being homeschooled .... their impression was that homeschooled kids were probably mostly uber-religious parents, and not very well educated. I told them it depends a lot on the parents, there are public school kids with uber-religious parents who are not very well-educated, too.
It was a good conversation though, I think they learned more about why some people would make the choice dh and I have made.
We have been doing the homeschool art class at our local Y to meet other homeschooling families (scope out the homeschool groups this way). It's an abysmal failure - the other moms drop their kids off and go run errands during the 1 hour lesson. BUT, another mom from the area whose ds is in k12 too (same grade as dd1) is there - so, we have an extended play/phonics day that day. Our PreK kids have their art class, we do phonics games or flashcards during that; then all the kids play together for an hour; then we have the 'big kids' in their art class while the PreK kids play for an hour. The kids all get along GREAT (I'm not surprised, my best friend in grade school was a little boy) .... It's been very nice. And the mom still breastfeeds her 15 month old, confidently in public, which is *awesome.*
So I've ended up meeting a bit of a kindred spirit, I think.
I suppose I do need to take the plunge with one of the homeschool groups at some point ... but right now this is good. Maybe after Christmas.
With our k12 work, then the 3 hour art playfest, swim lessons all week, story time with friends at the library once a week, CCD (religious ed) once a week, and piano lessons, I think dd1 is getting plenty of socialization opportunities! We are certainly hopping most days, anyway.