We have sent in our “Letter of Intent” to home school. Yup. We have made the leap. We are going to do this. We will need to send in quarterly reports. We will need to send in detailed descriptions of our curriculum. We have begun a file. Correction. We have begun several files. One of the files has the copy of our “letter of intent”. The others will soon be filled with “history,” “social studies,” “science,” “math,” “english,” “creative writing,” “philosophy,” “geography,” to name just a few, and “German”. You read that right. German. This is the language Emma asked to learn. “Language,” Emma wrote. “You mean you want to learn a different language?” I asked.
“Yes,” she wrote back. “How about German?”
“Seriously?” I asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
We will also be doing theatre and acting. Emma suggested writing a musical, as well as studying art, art history, artists and doing art projects incorporating painting, collage, photography, origami, fabric, found objects and anything else Emma might show interest in doing and learning about. Taking a page from one of my favorite artists, Robert Rauschenberg, who once wrote that he wanted to work, “in the gap between art and life” so will we!
All of this has happened quite suddenly. I have gone from gut churning terror and overwhelm to something calmer and more peaceful. Somehow writing and sending that letter of intent made it seem concrete… and now, now I feel tremendous relief. Just tremendous relief. I know we will figure this out as we go. I know it will be tough at times, but in the end, I no longer need to worry that she will be challenged academically.
During a recent typing session I asked Emma if she had anything more to add regarding homeschooling. She wrote that she was excited to be home schooled and then wrote, “… what cabaret kind of life awaits me I can only guess.”
When I showed this to her just now and asked if there was anything else she wanted to add, she wrote, “I paint words on to the canvas that I think of as my life.”
This is the photograph she chose to accompany this post.