Homeschooling: Day 1

I got this question from a dear friend today:

“Mac, can you explain homeschooling?” 

I assume she didn’t mean the whole concept of homeschooling, but just exactly what it is that we are doing here in our little borrowed apartment on the other side of the Pacific.  I was reminded again that I’m not doing a terribly good job of writing anything about homeschooling on my homeschooling blog.  Ah, well.  All life is learning, right?

So, today was our first day of official homeschooling.  I know many of my friends who have spent dozens of Tuesday afternoons with me and mine at Homeschool Park Day in Pasadena are probably scratching their heads right now.  So what have I been doing the last 2 years?  Pre-homeschooling, I suppose.  Making friends.  Learning about homeschooling.  You know… the important stuff.

But today was the real deal.  With lesson plans, assignments, activites, games… oh my! 

We are using the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling.  It appeals to my bookworm side, as well as my outdoorsy side.  We have been having fun with that for a little more than a year.  For this year, Gianna (and to a certain extent Aliya, too) will be studying religion, math, geography, reading, writing, science, literature, music appreciation, art appreciation, and Korean language and culture here at home with me.  At the school where Kevin works, Gigi is able to take electives classes.  She will take art and music there.  And we are looking into a gymnastics class one afternoon per week.

Sounds good, right?  Like I’m a super-mom?  Oh good.  Truthfully, I am a little bent out of shape because the materials that I spent time purchasing, organizing and sorting, packing and shipping with the USPS all the way back at the beginning of August are still NOT HERE.  ARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!

Ahem, excuse me.  I digress.

I had to put on my thinking cap again and create some meaningful activities that were fun and exciting and also look good on camera  engage Gigi (and Ali some too).  I’ve actually had a great time doing it.  But heaven help me, I am looking forward to that box arriving with all of the beautiful books and games I spent so much time collecting.  Come on USPS!  I know you can do it!

Kinder baby having some fun with math.

As a short aside, there were only 14 minutes today when I questioned the sanity of homeschooling with an infant and a toddler in tow.  Yes, I did time it.  I was cooking lunch while the girls played some math games.  Zeke was needing to be held and Gabe was in need of a nap.  Gabe kept saying (crying), “My two boys,” which is what I say when I hold both of them at the same time.  Poor baby.  But everyone got fed, boys went down for naps, and the girls and I finished out our lessons.  What a gift and a blessing to be able to see my girls (and boys) grow in knowledge and wisdom. Definitely worth the short bits of chaos. 


  1. Dear Michaela,
    I’ve been following your blog since my friend from high school, Lisa, introduced me to it. I am so excited to be visiting Korea through your postings!

    I also homeschool, we’re in our 5th year now. I’ve got five children, 9, 6, 4, 3, and 1.5 years old. The oldest two are in 5th and 2nd grade, and I’m starting the middle two in preschool activities this year. I know the homeschool sanity freakout very well, and it’s always nice to see someone else write about it- and how it isn’t the end of the world- so well.

    Thanks for sharing this journey with us!