In a nut shell, homeschooling has been great. The two biggest challenges have been trying to figure out how to provide a calm and quiet place for my 6 year old to learn with my 2 year old around... Who is neither calm not quiet! The other has been teaching reading. I do feel like we are in a much better place for both of those than we were 6 months ago and that gives me hope for the future :0)
My favorite things have been learning my son's learning style. The things that I can do to help him want to learn and the things that only frustrate him more- it's fascinating! I also love learning alongside him. So many things that we are studying have been long forgotten in my brain and it has been so fun to learn about Ancient Egypt and Greek myths together. I had also forgotten how complex learning to read is! All the rules and then things that break the rules are so overwhelming at first. I know I was pushing him to fast last summer and he absolutely hated school to the point if years because if reading. So we took a break for weeks and only did silly sight words. It was refreshing and a good lesson for me to learn about why I am homeschooling and that the spectrum for learning to read is a big one. I want him to have a love for reading, not just a basic understanding of it.
I am so thankful that I get to stay home with my boys and teach them. I am also thankful that my husband is supportive and encouraging in this journey.
So, I am determined to keep this going and document the rest of first grade and beyond!