Telling people we homeschool can get interesting. I often chuckle at the responses. Speaking with other homeschool parents lets me know the response to identifying as a homeschooler are similar. Many people think state licensure is what qualifies a teacher to teach. Parents who teach their own cause a glitch in the matrix of what is familiar.
Some people ask if I have someone to tell me what to teach or they say they could never do that or they say "I work!" I never respond that I also work. Telling people you homeschool is like telling people you breast feed your 1 year old, only eat organic or don't eat/wear animal.
I like that homeschool allows us to tailor the lessons to the needs and abilities of the kids. Grade level/age aren't our guide and the kids have time to master subjects and they don't have to worry about a clock or a calendar.
We're doing "The Life of Fred- Apples," as part of our math. Apples is the beginning of the math series and the kids and I really enjoy it. The authors of the book say that completion of The Life of Fred prepares kids for the 3rd year of college math.
We are still doing Singapore Math TR is working on 4th grade work except for handwriting which is 2nd grade. QT is 1st grade but he's also 5 years old so we're keeping things relaxed for him.
Our Spanish home school co-op began today.
I like that the Spanish instructor is teaching the kids how to speak the language first. They don't have to write things down, they can focus on speaking and understanding. It's nice that we are near a number of homeschool families with kids of similar ages.
I think I am still pleasantly amazed that such a good size number of families are homeschooling. The network and opportunities that exists makes it a lot easier to homeschool.