Oct 05 2008
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Both the older kids are staying at home now and no longer attending school. At least not until the start of the new school term next year. I’m still pretty lenient with WH but with JS I have certain level of expectation from her, after all she will be going to the mainstream school and join the other children next year.
I try as much time as possible to homeschool her, but sadly, my time is so limited. It has been a very busy month. I just don’t know how, even I have prioritize the things that I have to do with the kids, letting go my own time on blogging and work ( I have let go quite a few task that I managed to secure) and yet, I still do not have enough time to fully homeschool her.Time just slipped off without me noticing.
What we do is more towards the unschooling approach ( I truly miss my materials that has been packed away, homeschooling will be more fun if I have my teaching aide and materials at hands), but there’s still some kiasu-ness in me that I’m afraid this kind of approach is not good enough for her to know what she’s suppose to know before going to P1. That’s why on the days that I really stay home and do not have to go anywhere, I still try to have lesson close to what a school timetable would be. But still most days, it’s not like that and because SIL and Hub doesn’t see that JS is really spending time sitting down on her work, they are worried that she’s not learning. I dislike SIL’s comment that JS’s BM is very bad. I think she fairs pretty well as it’s totally not our mother tongue.
What made me very sad was that Hub said this angrily in the car last night ” I DON’T BELIEVE IN SUCH A THING CALL HOME LESSON OR HOME SCHOOLING”
It hurts so much and I’m very disappointed. In a way , I am comparing with those who are homeschooling their child and have supportive spouse. Even my buddy‘s hub is supportive on her decision to homeschool her boys. My man is still a very conservative and traditional type, I’m sad that he’s not opening to option like this. At least be supportive for this few months, after all I didn’t say (didn’t even dare to dream) to homeschool my JS till university level, after all , she will still be going to school next year.
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