Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happiness

I've been participating in the ABC's of Homeschooling weekly meme over at 5 Kids and a Dog, and this week the letter is H. Last night, I couldn't think of anything for this letter so I asked Robb for suggestions. His word was "housework". Hmm, as I look around the messy table where my laptop resides, I think it was more of a suggestion for what I needed to be doing and not actually a suggestion for what to write about.

At this point, the 3 kids who were well and downstairs decided to chime in. The Boy and Little Red both yelled out, "happy", and The Boy also followed that with "hectic". Sassy's response was "I'm hungry," said in a way that only a 3 year old can say. While our days are sometimes hectic, usually at least one person is hungry at any given moment, and housework is a part of my day, I'm going to go with happy because, well, it makes me happy, and - honestly - talking about housework doesn't.

H is for Happy
As I've mentioned before, this past school year was different for us. I completely switched curriculum for everyone. The kindergarten curriculum I had used with the 3 older children would not have been a good match for Little Red. (It really hadn't been for the twins, either.) So we went with My Father's World. She absolutely loved it! Her happiness whenever it was time to work on school work made me happy also. School time with her went so smoothly, most of the time, because of her eagerness to work on her My Father's World items. She was so very sad when we reached the end of the year for her.

I wish I could say that The Boy and the twins felt the same way Little Red did about school this past year, but alas, they did not. They did really like the subjects where we used My Father's World - geography and science. Realistically, though, there will always be subjects that are difficult to make fun ALL the time - grammar, math, etc. There was much more happiness this year during school time than in years past, so I still feel like changing curriculum was for the best.

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