If every morning, after our bible story read-aloud, Dylan wants to type up his own narration and then illustrate it on the reverse side, can that double as our language arts lesson for the day? Or should I still be making him complete a lesson in his language workbook? Here is today's work:
If Dylan dresses Caitlyn up as Cinderella and then reads her several fairy tales, does that count as "school"? (Here they had just switched to a nativity story after completing Cinderella.)
If yesterday we spent a great deal of time discussing weather, (conducting, even, two experiments to measure air pressure), does it matter so much if we didn't really cover science today?
If Dylan flies through math problems with his linking cubes but only half-heartedly and distractedly completes his workbook pages (acting as though he can't even subtract 2 from 3), does this mean I should just put the workbook away for a while? Or should I be spending extra time working on these written problems with him?
Am I the only homeschooling mom who questions every little detail?
I just want this to be fun. I'm worried that I'm not actually as relaxed as I had hoped I would be when it comes to teaching the fundamentals. I've also noticed that the things I really enjoy doing most with the kids are the things which require so little effort: our Little House read-alouds (which always include further discussion), simple demonstrations (yesterday, as part of our map studies, we all piled together into my closet with Dylan's globe and flashlight and learned about how the sun makes day and night), and Tuesday Tea Time (yesterday we had cheesecake and milk and read a lovely poem, "September", by Helen Hunt Jackson, and then we all drew our own interpretations with colored pencils.)
I guess I'm just unsure of how much structure we need, or whether I should be doing more (or less). Darren thinks I'm doing a great job, but I still worry. How do you decide how much or how little structure your days should have? Am I sweating the small stuff? Will this all fall into place if I just give it a little longer? Will I ever stop second guessing myself?
Oh, the questions. I know there can be no clear answers to some of these, but I feel better already for having asked them.
Finally (but most importantly) I just want to say, on behalf of my family, THANK YOU all for the love, support, and prayers you've offered in response to our happy announcement. We feel so loved!