Friday, August 22, 2014

A New Chapter Begins

I am now on the threshold of my eighth year of homeschooling (and sixth year of blogging at funschooling). The direction of our homeschooling, if I can still call it homeschooling, has changed quite drastically this year. From being his primary teacher at the beginning to outsourcing a lot of the learning via online classes at home in the past years, we are now pursuing brick and mortar classes, for his favorite subjects, at a local community college.

The semester started this week and I am happy to report that kiddo seems to be navigating the strange campus and various class requirements rather well. He is so eager to learn the ropes and figure things out for himself. I'm so proud of him!

As our homeschooling direction changes, I also expect things I blog about to change. I'm not too certain yet what this new blog direction will be. I had hoped that we would have moved by now to be closer to his college but the housing market is slowing down drastically where we live and it looks like much of my time will be spent not only ferrying him to the campus an hour away but also waiting hours for him there because it's much more sensible than driving all the way back again between classes. I'm also having to babysit Adrian in the car while we wait to hear about our house so that doesn't leave me much freedom just yet.

I'm still figuring this out but in the meanwhile, I have started reviewing some of the math I've forgotten. :) That's the thing about homeschooling for me...I love it so much and miss being his direct teacher so much and am now focusing that love of learning and teaching towards myself. It's high time because I've let so many things slip away! I also hope to pick up diagramming because it really intrigues me. I've never learned grammar this way and wish I had. It's such a lovely match for my preference to learn visually.

Hope to have some good news about moving if it happens. If it doesn't we'll wait for a better time to sell this home. For now, I'm enjoying this home as much as I can. I wish I could by some sheer force of willpower bring these walls, my lovely yard and fantastic neighbors closer to his college! Kids and their needs...sigh...I feel like I am just getting pulled along here...but I wouldn't miss it for the world if it means that kiddo will continue to learn happily.

Hope to write again soon. Till then, wishing everyone a lovely summer's end!


  1. I'm so glad to hear positive updates about kiddo's new college experience. The way that higher education works in the US seems so different from that in Asia and in the UK (e.g. we certainly don't have anything like community colleges here) so I'll be interested to hear your views on how you've managed to navigate it so well. It'll be very useful to hear from your perspective since you came from Asia, where the system is very different. I hope you find time to write about this! :-)

    It's also great to know that you're continuing to pursue learning. I know what you mean about letting go of the primary teacher role. I sometimes wonder what it'll be like for me when that happens. :-)

  2. Wow. Lots of changes in there, Suji. Good luck with the house sale and with the driving! Yegads that's a lot of labour on your part. The life of a dedicated mum!

  3. I love hearing how you and Kiddo are doing. It's good to know that he has transitioned well. I hope you will find a new home that you will love just as much when the market changes.

  4. I'm so excited about this development! I'm hoping that in the next few years we'll be doing the same with my oldest, so you have my complete attention. Good luck with the real estate transaction - those can be very stressful!

  5. Good luck to you and your son as the two of you start out on this new adventure with community college. I know he will soar in this new environment.

    Also I hope we still hear from you from time to time, as I love reading your blog and keeping up with you guys.

  6. Huge thanks everyone! Will keep updating here as much as possible. :)


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