I know I have a few years before even thinking about kiddo going to kindergarten, but I tend to start my overthinking and research way early when it comes to major decisions like this, so here I go. Let me start by saying that I know many teachers (my mother was a teacher as well), and I respect them and their chosen profession. By contemplating and possibly choosing home schooling, I in no way intend to give the impression that I think all teachers are horrible or that school is horrible. This first post is my initial organization of thoughts. I’m open to any discussion or questions that might help me better organize my position on home schooling. (I’m also open to the possibility that I will change my mind about home schooling and that public school might work better for our family.) With that said, here are a few thoughts on home schooling.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
I’ve written a few posts about my culinary adventures, but not anything about my kiddo. I’d like to, at least for my own reference, write about our average day. We don’t really have a schedule or any organized daily activities. We mostly just play it by ear.
Firstly, I have to explain that, for as long as I can remember, kiddo’s had a let’s say different sleep schedule than most kids. She’s always been a night owl, so lately she nurses to sleep somewhere between 930 and 1030, depending on whether we’re home during the evening, when we had dinner, when her nap was, etc. We wake up anywhere between 830 and 930, with some days of early waking closer to 8 and some days of sleeping in closer to 10, depending on when she fell asleep the night before, how well she slept, etc.
Back when she was taking two naps a day, we’d have breakfast around 9 or 10, nap from noon or so to 2, then lunch around 3, then another nap around 5 or 6. Husband was getting home from work around 7 or so, so we’d either be napping or getting up to start dinner when he was getting home. Now that kiddo only takes one nap, our daily routine really is based a lot on when we wake up and how active we are after breakfast. If we’re having a lazy day and just sitting around the house playing, we’ll have lunch then a nap around 2 or 3. If we went for a walk after breakfast or, our new thing a few weeks ago, we go to the Y and she plays in the kid zone while I do Couch to 5K, then we go to the pool, she’ll take a nap closer to 1, then we’ll have a late lunch afterwards.
I guess what I’m trying to convey is that we play it by ear with most of what we do every day. Meals aren’t at a set time, let alone a time that most people would be having those meals. Things aren’t all relaxed breakfasts and super fun times, though. With the go with the flow pace, it’s a little more difficult to get out of the house when we don’t actually have to get anywhere. It’s hard for me to feel a sense of urgency to get us somewhere if she’s having fun reading books or running around playing. Complicating matters is I’m not necessarily so enthused to get anywhere myself, even though I have a feeling in the back of my mind that it might be better for both of us if we do.
Places we sometimes get to include the Y kid zone and pool, the awesome playground that unfortunately requires a 20 minute drive (the playground that’s five blocks away is the school playground, so not open during school hours), the library (though not as often as we could), or just a walk around the neighborhood (to the coffeeshop, short shopping trips, pet store, farmers’ market or just for a walk). Do we need more fun destinations? Do I need to just get us out of the house and stop putzing around? Should I just stop worrying about it?
I’ve been thinking about focusing on two or three culinary techniques per “season” so I have a few months to explore new recipes, ingredients, and methods. The obvious choice for spring is salads and dressings, which I’m looking forward to (as well as possibly growing some of my own lettuce for the first time). I’ve made pies twice in the past few weeks (strawberry rhubarb and sweet potato), so I’d like to try more variations of pies fillings (sweet and savory) as well as more variations of pie shapes (regular 9″, mini, handheld).
As it’s getting colder and closer to winter, it seems obvious to choose soup as the second technique to focus on, but I’m not a big soup eater, so my next thought was braising. I’ve braised roasts a few times but I would love to learn more about it and branch out into other proteins. Maybe I’ll try soup when I’m figuring out salads and go on a soup and salad rampage!
I’d also like to learn how to make bread, branch out in varieties of cookies, smoke meats and better use the veggies I get in my CSA or from the garden or farmers’ market. As I learn these things, I’d also like to get better at reducing food waste (remembering to save onion, carrot, celery, etc skins and ends for stock would be a good start).
Do you have recipes or techniques you want to learn more about? Any tips for perfecting pie crust or favorite fillings?