My eighth grader is writing an essay for our literature class. His assignment is to discuss how and why the use of rhetoric is central to the novel Animal Farm. The echoes of his groaning hang in the air since I gave him the assignment yesterday afternoon. My middle child is on the fourth day of his search for his missing science book, while showing a slightly suffocating need to have me sit next to him as he navigates second grade punctuation and 18-9= 9. He knows the answers. He craves the 230 pound security blanket. Meanwhile, the girl runs through the house, eagerly completing Abeka’s Button Bear exercises, mastering basic counting, and learning “Q.” Three grades. One house under construction. One dad.
In the living room, a laptop sits open on a little green desk, one tiny white light blinking steadily, asking, “Have you written your blog post today? Have you written your blog post today?” It’s the electronic raven rapping, tapping on my chamber door. Have you written?
One of the pleasures of writing The Homeschool Apologist is knowing that there is an audience that appreciates our efforts. We were blessed to have 83 readers sign-up to follow us through Networked Blogs and Google Connect since our first post on August 12th. We are grateful that so many people stopped by to visit and showed an interest in our blog.
One thing that we do not see much of is comments. With the exception of a few days where we were taken to task by a couple of angry public school teachers/supporters (and those were fun days), we do not hear from our readers. That begs a question. Are you there?
Both Linda and I enjoy writing about and writing in defense of homeschooling. We enjoy harvesting the comics from Cristina’s vast collection of Home Spun Juggling wisdom. At the same time, we need to know that we are providing a service that is useful and enjoyed. It is time to ask you, our readers, for some feedback. Are you out there? Are you reading? Are we providing you with information that is helpful? Please take a moment and tell us. We need to hear from you.
Now it’s time to rouse the troops, serve some breakfast, teach some algebra, and introduce “P.” It’s another homeschooling day.