“Nothing,” comes the reply.
“Well, we did school stuff.”
I know my family is not the only one who has this conversation on a regular basis, and that I’m not the only homeschool mom out there who feels like a slacker when my kids tell their dad we didn’t do anything when we actually spent all day doing school.
No math, spelling, or grammar. No writing, chores, or history. Move along now. Nothing to see here.
It can be frustrating (or funny) to see their little heads become empty at the moment of questioning. Whether they completely forget the history unit they spent half the year working on, as in my friend Kendra’s Facebook post above, or they tell their father what a slacker you must be for teaching them absolutely nothing for an entire day.
Kids are kids, and they haven’t changed all that much since we were kids. I remember giving my parents that same answer when they asked what I did at school, “Nothing much.” Alrighty then. But we know differently, don’t we?
I know that it took him 5 minutes to whip through his spelling quiz, and that when he told me he spent “over an hour” on Khan Academy, it was actually 16 minutes and then another 45 watching Five Nights at Freddy’s videos on YouTube before I caught him and got him back on track. I know what he did and what he didn’t do, and what he DID do wasn’t “nothing.” You know it too. You haven’t failed because your kid has a typical kid brain fart. 😉
Do you remember what happened on this date in 1887? Surely your 9th-grade social studies teacher taught you. Oh you don’t remember that? Your teacher was a slacker then. Right?
My point exactly. We don’t blame our teachers when we don’t know something, so don’t beat yourself up when your child doesn’t recall something either. You’re doing what you are supposed to be doing. Kids are kids. The important lessons stick and those are the ones we teach inadvertently.
Hang in there Momma!