Due to the out-of-sight-computer complication, we've largely disbanded the upstairs schoolroom and we are once again modeling the one-room schoolhouse. It has failed in the past so I'm even more sure that our new-to-us table has helped to turn the corner. It is wonderful to have enough room to spread out and do our individual things without infringing on someone's space. Truthfully, this is what my image of homeschool has always been...working together, side-by-side.
Blondie had her first "enrichment" class for a few hours this morning and this afternoon, the older two had a calligraphy class while the three younger were with Grammy (yes, that does mean I got to grocery shop and stare into space for over an hour alone today!). Tomorrow brings swim lessons and lectures on "community helpers" (think civics). We are so blessed to have so many good libraries in the area that we can pick and choose from for our extracurricular activities. I am especially grateful for the time I have with fewer or no children because of these classes. Without our sitter this month, it has been a welcome break.
When we started this gig, "socialization" was the biggest issue in my mind. Three years later, it doesn't even measure. The growth of our five together along with their sprinkling of friends...it's about as close to the "good old days" as you can get. That's just fine with me.
We are blessed.