I don’t know what made me think I could stand to blog about NaNoWriMo for 30 days in a row. Maybe a weekly Saturday update.
We had a wonderful day with my sister-in-law Jess, her three kiddos–Anna, Ethan and Gavin, and two of our neighbor kids. Picnic lunch in the living room, soccer in the backyard, a walk through the woods to the park, board games, learning how to knit (not me!), chatting about homeschooling over coffee.
Livi overheard the word “homeschool” and casually walked into the kitchen and sat on my lap. I told Jess that I had asked Livi to come up with some good reasons I should homeschool her next year but that she hadn’t yet. Helpful Aunt Jess suggested to Livi that she should make her mom write a list of reasons why Livi shouldn’t be homeschooled. Turn the tables and place the burden of proof on the Mama.
Later that afternoon, Livi brought me a piece of paper.
5 reasons to homeschool me.
#1. I wouldn’t have to learn stuff I already know.
#2. I wouldn’t have to have as much homework.
#3. I don’t have to ride the bus.
#4. I could sleep in.
#5. Sometimes I could give you ideas I would want to do.
Hmmm… not bad. Pretty convincing. Especially #1. That’s why my mom homeschooled me for three years. Five minutes later she presented me with another list.
Some reasons why you would want to homeschool me.
1. You wanted to teach fourth grade.
2. You wouldn’t have to call my school if I’m sick.
3. You wouldn’t have to pack me a lunch.
4. Sometimes you wouldn’t have to help Nina.
Well, #4 just about clinched it. I told Livi this was a good start but that we’d probably need to come up with a few more.
Can you help an 8-year-old out? Why should her mama teach her at home next year?