Nearly December

Well October zoomed by! It’s December 27. This month I subbed a week at an elementary school and this Friday begin a week at the high school where I’ll work for a para educator who I haven’t met before. This month also begins my adventure of homeschooling Diederick. Busy times!

I hardly keep up with my housework, but not in the way I used to. How it is now is so much nicer than when the kids were younger. In those times I spent at least 80% of my time at home alone with the kids, broken apart only by Darren’s days off. I could easily go all day without speaking to another adult. Now that I’m hired to substitute teach I have such a nice variety of experience and scenery less mundanity in pace. So even though my house still cannot clean itself, with the children in school and myself away it doesn’t get quite as cluttered.

As for Diederick beginning homeschool. School has become so fast paced that he’s lagging behind. Darren and I decided that since we are able we ought to give him the opportunity through homeschool to slow down where he needs, and even move quicker in areas that he has built up a strong base understanding. Having schooled Carly at home last year for the 3rd grade we feel pretty well prepared to do 5th with Deeds. Hopefully that all comes together nicely. Today we did a lot of pretests and got to meet via phone his new online teacher who will be with us throughout the year, reachable to the phone, email and at the end of the year we’ll meet her at the annual school picnic. There’s also a special ed program which should help us make the accommodations in the state mandated academic testing that comes around in May.

That’s all for now, I guess. Obviously, the ambition of blogging every day of October is once again out the window. However, you know, just being here for 12 years in whatever level of participation I am is pretty neat.

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