Monday, September 22, 2014

Homeschooling update: how to squeeze it all in

A confluence of factors has put our homeschooling in a scheduling crunch. First, I decided to add three courses to our long-standing load of math, English, history, science and French: Latin, music theory, and computer programming--all subjects she's very interested in.

Then I found out that my daughter can take after-school art classes at the high school arts program of highly reputable arts academy--four days a week from 3:00 to 5:30. She loves art, and very much looks forward to this opportunity for increased socializing.

Then her piano teacher gave us a pep talk about how well she's doing with piano, and how she could really soar if she were to practice 2 hours a day instead of 1. She likes that idea too, at least in theory, because it makes it feasible for her to learn the Schumann piano concerto, a piece she's been noodling around with for several months now. Dropping one of her other instruments to make room for this extra practice time doesn't seem to make sense: the organ reinforces her piano skills and gives her additional opportunities to perform; the violin gives her entrée into a greater variety of ensembles, including orchestra. And all of this she enjoys, too.

So, as of today when the arts classes start, we're trying to make the homeschooling day hyper-efficient--without being too stressful.

All the more reason, then, to homeschool! Fitting all this around a regular school schedule, complete with all the homework, would be close to impossible.


C T said...

Hi! This is a helpful post that is on point for the theme of this week's Carnival of Homeschooling, so I linked to it. You can find the Homeschool Carnival at Thanks!

Katharine Beals said...

Thanks C T! Very nice post.