Homeschooling is a lot of work. That’s what I found out during the past year that we have been doing it. On average we consume about 6 hours in a day answering his PACEs. I almost gave up because its very time consuming. After all, I have other things to take care of like Zack who I still breastfeed and my online work. However, since Z is adamant we continue, we’re going for another try this year.
I know most of you don’t have a clue what we do on our homeschooling sessions. Well, our curriculum is a workbook curriculum from School of Tomorrow. It can get pretty boring for any kid to answer 6 pages of 7 different workbooks or PACEs as we call it, in a single day. That’s why I insert a lot of recitation and fun things in between.
But sometimes I’m the one who’s entertained. My 7 year old is quite a revelation and can say things that surprise me.
Here are some of the things that made me happy today.
This morning we were studying about freedom. I was explaining the meaning of freedom to Z.
Me: Z, we’re lucky we have freedom. Freedom means being free to do what we want.
Z: But Ma, I don’t have freedom. I can’t do what I want! (He doesn’t want to do his PACEs kasi)
Me: Okay, you’re right, you don’t have freedom right now. haha!
This afternoon, in between his PACEs, I decided to teach him how to dance to liven up his lessons. He was really reluctant and I had to force him to cooperate. I recently participated in a dance in our church and I tried to teach those steps that I learned to him. But try as he might he couldn’t get the moves right. I know I’m his mother and I should not laugh at him but he looked so comical trying that I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. In the end, I just ignored his clumsy moves and we both enjoyed the music and the dance.
What I also like about homeschooling is I can teach him wherever, whenever. I learned before that the number one way for kids to avoid being abducted by a stranger (didn’t we hear reports a few months back of some children being kidnapped) is to teach them not to engage in small talk with a stranger and run. So while waiting for his band practice this afternoon we practiced this “don’t talk and run strategy.”
Me: Z, if someone you don’t know talks to you and gives you Rollercoaster (his favorite junk food) what will you say?
Z: No, thank you.
Me: No! You don’t say anything and run away as fast as you can! What if he suddenly grabs you and kidnap you. And then we won’t see you again.
Okay, let’s repeat this. Say you’re walking down the road and I approached you. You don’t know me and I say, “Little boy, do you want candy? Come here and get one.”
Z: *** runs away fast ***
Me: Very good! Let’s try another, “Little boy, what’s your name?”
Z: *** opens his mouth and started to say his name but then remembered what we talked about and ran away as fast as he could. ***
You should have seen his face when he remembered that he wasn’t supposed to say anything. It was so funny I almost died laughing!
But seriously, teach your kids to not say anything and just run away if a stranger talks to them on the street. Once they open their mouth anyone can persuade them to go with them and that’s when they will be in danger. I forgot exactly where I saw this but it’s from an expert in abducting cases. He said this has prevented kids from being abducted in the past.