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As a family we definitely have a more unschooling bend to us and my husband and I are really free form with the girls education. That being said our girls LOVE workbooks and so do we. I attribute this to the fact that no one has ever told them that workbooks aren’t supposed to be fun (score one for homeschooling). The fact that they love workbooks is a huge relief to me because I worry about their education and for some reason I equate workbook work with learning. I’m trying to get over that.
Lately we’ve been quite busy with life in general they’ve had birthday parties, sleepovers and other social engagements so they haven’t done workbooks or their online reading course in quite a while. This happens every now and then and this is also when the panic sets in. Yes my kids have been enjoying themselves but have they been LEARNING?!?!?! So I stress and worry that we’ve missed a couple of potential weeks of workbooks and learning opportunities and I get myself all in a huff but as the fog of worry clears I look at my girls and realize that they are smart, intelligent, inquisitive kids who are doing just fine. They have learned things over the last couple of weeks. My oldest continues to stretch her reading by reading every sign we pass in the car and pouring over books on her own at home. My little one has been working on a human body puzzle made up of tons of little bones and asking tons of questions about how the body works. They did math when we went to purchase their Halloween costumes and they had to stay within a budget. They have both been as inquisitive as ever about the world. I remind myself that despite not having it drilled into them in school they know the seasons and the days of the weeks, how to add and subtrac, they know what to do in case of a fire and they know how to be kind and loving towards others. They will be and are doing fine.
How do you remind yourself that homeschooling is working?