A Month of Homeschooling

We decided in an effort to spend more family time together before we’re all apart for the month of October to keep G home from school. This being the first time since our travels last summer having her not in daycare or with a nanny. We were focused on my health this last period so my work load has been on the lighter side and figured the time would be enjoyable. Plus kids in the UK start school at 4 years old so it will be all about “real school” once we move. Did you know kids in the UK don’t have a long summer break and pretty much go to school year round?! I had no clue! 

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We were right about one thing, the extra family time was needed but we were completely wrong about it being totally enjoyable. G is freaking out. And when I mean freaking out I mean terrible twos times a thousand. From what we can tell it’s the impending moves and transition out of her LA school she was only in for 9 months making her act a bit crazy. Kids are such interesting little beings on one hand they are so much more flexible and fluid than us adults but on the other hand such as right now change can be so disruptive to their mental capacity. Fact is G has known very little than anything different than constant change since she was born. I always had a crazy tour schedule in her first years, there was a consistent turn over of caretakers and care arrangements and eventually the joy of having Wilson come into our life. But I think she’s at the point she’s just over it and is really needing (and asking via her poor attitude) for a solid, consistent environment for a long stretch. 

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I’m hoping everything immigration wise works out so we can offer this to her. We’ve found a great apartment through a friend with a near by incredible school that by chance has an opening if we are let into and to settle in the UK. All the pieces are falling into place but the actual “OK” do it! ……sorry side rant. Can you tell I’m getting more and more anxious to hear from immigration? 

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Typical family photo, she’s 4…

Part of me wishes we would have started this homeschooling thing even a couple months earlier with G. While there’s been a lot of behavioral things (for both her and us as parents) to overcome since she’s struggling a bit it has been nice to have her around. *ironically enter G for the 500th time this morning interrupting me trying to get through some writing and work*. It has been a bit of a struggle to figure out the schooling and work balance also but as each day passes I feel we’re getting closer and closer. 

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I feel like she’s in Jurassic Park when seeing this photo haha

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Best dad ever. 

The biggest thing for us has been trying to establish a routine filled with educational experiences. We thought life skills and topics that interest G would be the best things to focus on. We alternate between swim lessons (we have a pool on our roof) and trips to the library daily. I’ve also added into the schedule free local events and museum visits with last week being the LA Natural History Museum. The most “school” like thing we’ve worked on is her writing and spelling. She’s getting better and better staying in those lines and has started sounding out and recognizing certain letter combos within words. 

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At the museum G ran off with my camera she’s been really into taking photos lately and just now I found this incredible shot she took, guess we should add photography to the class list huh?

Could I be a full-time homeschooling mom? When I worked in the music industry and enjoyed a bit more of my freedom through all the travel (at the total sacrifice of a less consistent bond with G) I would have said NO WAY. Now, if I were to be a stay at home mom (read between the lines “not having to run my own company anymore”) and could really focus on just G I may actually enjoy it. Learning beside her is enjoyable. Now that she’s older it’s all adventures. Teaching her new things no matter how challenging her behavior has been is so damn rewarding. Sure I could do with getting a little more creative, art is not my strong suit but Wilson has been doing a solid job of covering that department. 

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Most cool thing about this experience though truly has been how we’re getting to improving our parenting. Nothing like being a family together 24/7 to help give you some prospective and open up areas for improvement! Lots of those types of talks have been happening around here lately. 

It’s incredible how quick time is going by right now…a week and a half till we leave LA. Crazy. W even pulled out the suitcases yesterday which put a little knot in my throat. I’m going to miss our little girl and waking up next to my best friend every morning that’s for sure. My heart get heavy just thinking of it! But, onto the next adventure, the next chapter. 

Kirby Costa Campos