Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Best Part of Homeschooling: Enjoying Them

As I write, three teenagers in Santa hats are in the kitchen loudly singing, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” It is 7:15 a.m., and I hush them because I don’t want them to wake “the baby.” The baby is almost 12, and like most tweens, he likes to sleep in.

We’re a long way from reading quietly during the baby’s naptime. We’re a long way from making handprint wreaths and salt dough ornaments.  My daughter and her friends are making their lunches before they head out to co-op, where they’ll have a full day of classes: ecology, American literature, American history, geometry, ACT Prep, and drama.

They leave. My 12-year-old still snoozes; the cat snores softly on the couch. The house is almost perfectly quiet. There is not one single toy visible to me, not even a Lego guy head.…

{Come on over to Simple Homeschool to read about the absolute best part of homeschooling.


  1. I agree so much, Sarah. I just kind of eluded to this on my blog this week, and my husband had a huge response to it. I linked your post in my comments because you share my sentiments exactly. Have a wonderful holiday season with your family!

  2. Dag-blame it, Sarah Small! Why do you have to be such a great writer? I do NOT need to be crying this close to Christmas...

  3. Hello! Thank you for your wonderful post over at Simple Homeschooling. I cannot tell you how much that encouraged me and put a little "spark" under me that I can do this!!

    thank you...Sandy Toe

  4. I will remember this on the tough days. Because it is truly a joy to have all these moments with them, even the bickery, sister fights. Thank you for the reminder of what a great journey it is!

  5. Oh, Sarah, this was perfect! And how did Duncan get to be twelve!?


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