What does a puppy have to do with homeschooling you might ask? I don’t know, but since I have nothing new or exciting to report on our homeschooling adventure, I thought I would share about the newest member of our family and how I am trying to incorporate her into the area of “home economics”.
She’s a nine week old Long Haired Chihuahua. She is the cutest thing. But really, I did not count the cost before I said yes and now I am exhausted. Having a new puppy in the house is like having a baby all over again. Getting up in the middle of the night, crate training, potty training, it’s all been quite overwhelming. And now, I find myself referring to myself as “grandma” to the pup. Oh my!
My daughter sent me a text of the pup last week, saying it was headed to the pound because the current owner decided they didn’t want it. I could not have this sweet thing going to the pound. So I went into rescue mode and brought her home. She has such a sweet personality, loves to cuddle on our laps and really is adorable. My only complaint is my lack of sleep. Crate training is hard. Hopefully she’ll get the hang of it. I am happy to report that she’s only had a couple of accidents in the house and is learning to take her business outside.
So how does puppy training incorporate into homeschooling? I’m not exactly sure. But I do know that my daughter is learning more responsibility. She is learning to schedule feedings and potty time, and play time. She is also learning how to share one of her prized posessions with the rest of the family. Overall, it’s been a positive experience so far.
On a true homeschooling front, I have changed Language Arts curriculum for the final time (I promise) and we are now using Spectrum Language Arts, Grade 6. My daughter is in the 7th grade, but I am all about review and making sure she has the basics before we move on. I think it will work out pefectly.
Until next time!