So, just maybe some of those visions were a bit beyond reality. First of all, we weren't always sitting together for whatever studying was going on, because I allowed the kids to be comfortable and read or write where they liked, and could concentrate. But what made me sad was that those visions involved the whole family...
a young, all-at-home family that I don't have any more.
The current reality is that Prince Go-for-It is begging to begin 9th grade at the public junior high, full-time.
This has prompted Princess Eager to request that she be allowed to attend, also, but part-time. If we allow that, it will be only Prince CuddleBunny left home for full-time homeschooling. It's difficult for me to have the kids want to get away from homeschooling. But I guess that's normal, as 'the grass is always greener...'
It was just easier to say "No," and for the others to accept it, when there were many classmates at home to make sure there was never a dull moment, and always lots of group and individual projects underway to prompt learning. It's getting a little quiet during the days here now, and I get to wondering if I'm doing them any disservice by keeping them home when they want to fly.