Teaching, that is. I know sometimes I sound like I hate teachers, but the truth is my problem is mostly with a system that thinks it takes a village (and billions of tax dollars) to raise a child rather than the parents. Most teachers no doubt think they are following a noble calling by raising other people's kids.
Me? You couldn't possibly pay me enough to take a job like that. I teach our children at home because I love them, and because I want to keep them safe from perverts like this one. But teaching and raising other people's children - forget about it!
Just like any teacher would tell you, working with kids and teaching them can be the most frustrating and mind numbing job. Sure, there are innumerable benefits and rewards, too. I guess it's like any other part of parenting, ranging from the dirty diaper smeared across the wall to the sweet love notes.
This week, I have taught Miriam (4) and Becky (3) simple patterns in their K-level math. John (7, 2nd grade math) learned about adding 2-digit numbers by "carrying the 1". Isaac (8, 4th grade math) has been learning and practicing long divisions, while Solomon (10, 6th grade) just finished up working with algebraic equations using negative numbers.
And that is just ONE subject. Each day, I teach four to five different grade levels (depending on whether Becky and Miriam can both work together, or not) in the core subjects. I feel for each of the kids when they get frustrated or tired or bored or lazy or all of the above. I need four (or five) sets of eyes, and brains, to keep track of where everyone is both physically (won't you know it, they try to sneak off sometimes), as well as in their school work. My detailed weekly lesson plans help a lot, especially when they older ones use it to check for themselves where they should be at each day, but ultimately I am still having to stay on top of it all. It makes me tired, and now that I am pregnant, also ravenously hungry.
Like I said, it's a labor of love. Being a mom is the hardest, yet most rewarding job there is.
This week, we finished up week 19 of 36 in our homeschooling year. Which means we are more than halfway done, and STILL on track as planned at the beginning of the year in all subjects. YAY!!! I don't think we have ever had a record this good.
If we keep up the pace, we should get done about a month before baby comes, and then have another month off after the baby before we start up again in September.
I'm off to catch my breath and get a bite to eat.