hatshepsut & king tut
We’ve been covering the middle and new kingdom of Egypt, so we’ve got a few characters that we’ve come to know. One is the female pharaoh Hatshepsut and the other is the young pharaoh King Tut. For Hatshepsut, we created false beards, but a little more colorful than what was actually worn, and for King Tut, we made our own papier-mâché Egyptian death masks, again probably a little more vibrant than what was actually done. Regardless, both projects contributed to understanding the story of our characters better.
It looks fun and dandy, but I will tell you sometimes homeschooling is tough. If you would have asked me yesterday or this morning, I might have been eager to throw in the towel and send them to regular school. Though when I look back at moments like these, I am reminded of why we do what we do and the benefits of homeschooling.
If you didn’t know, I was once a public school teacher and had my own fourth grade class. It is interesting now to be able to use the skills I went to school for with my own children. At the same time, I think it’s harder with your own children. I definitely was much more patient with a class of 30 than I am with 2. So strange how that goes.
I do love how in schooling at home, we can dig deeper into subjects and mix in their personal interests as well. There is a whole lot of curriculum integration going on. People are pretty divided when it comes to their ideas of homeschool and I completely understand why. Just like there are bad and good teachers at regular school, homeschooling could be executed well or executed poorly. I went to school to be a teacher, so certain aspects of homeschooling may be a bit easier for me than others, but not everyone who does homeschooling has to have a teaching background to be successful, and not everyone who does it, regardless of their level of education, will be successful at it. Heck! There are a lot of areas of homeschooling in which I could use some improvement. Thankfully, we have a really good support system through the charter school we go through and a teacher comes to the house once a month to keep up to date with everyone’s learning. Plus, most of my closest friends are still currently teaching, so when I need some advice on things regarding the younger grade levels, I bug them.
What are your ideas of homeschooling? Do you agree with parents who do it or not? I won’t be offended if you don’t agree, but please just be nice about it.