Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cozy Corner

I have been homeschooling for exactly 12 weeks now. So, as you can assume, I am officially an expert on the subject. And since I know you are dying to hear my intellectual arguments for why we do what we do in our little academy, I decided to start a series on this blog to highlight the books we read and my little genius' reaction to them all.

Okay, now that I have successfully caused you to lose your lunch, let me explain what I'm really doing:

I am 12 weeks into an educational experiment with my children, specifically my 5.75 year old. Now I know all those die-hard home school moms out there are screaming after they read that sentence, but hear me out. In no way do I think homeschooling is any less desirable than public or private instruction, nor do I think it ranks as the "only" way to teach your children. All I'm saying is that I'm 12 weeks in to this and I have no idea if it's the right way or not. I think it depends a lot on the individual child, even more on the desire and ability of the parents and truthfully, I really don't think there is a "right" or "wrong" way to educate a child. It is just the option we have chosen for our family for this moment in time.

Whew. Glad that's out of the way.

Now, let's get to the real reason for this post. After 12 weeks of reading aloud a lot of books to my kindergartner (and his 3.5 year old sister, when she decides she will sit still) I decided it might be fun and maybe even a little helpful if I blogged about the books we are reading and how the kids have responded to them. I'm no expert book reviewer, but I know which books my kids love and respond to and which ones have them snoring on the couch as I drone on. I'm calling this series "The Cozy Corner" because even when the books are boring, we all enjoy cuddling on the couch or bed while I read.

So stay tuned over the coming weeks to read my personal reviews of the books we read, specifically the books from our schooling curriculum, Sonlight. It should be interesting, and maybe it will even cause me to update this blog more regularly!


sara's art house said...

Our reading time is cozy too- I think you will all have very fond memories of reading together for years to come.

I am sure you will see a HUGE improvement in your 3 year old after reading aloud to her every day. Our almost 4 year old will sit and listen to a read aloud book with few pictures for a long time - and her vocab has improved dramatically. I think reading books to your kids is THE BEST education :) :)

Keep up the great work, teacher!

Elizabeth said...

I'm looking forward to it!

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

First off, I am looking forward to your "book reviews."

And second, I completely agree with your third paragraph. Not many do, I'm finding, so I thought I'd give you a holla! ;-)

Donette said...

Thanks Missy!