When I first started thinking about homeschooling, I had big plans for curriculum, exciting field trips and learning galore. I had perfectly planned all these things in my head, but when it came time to execute my plans, I realized I had neglected to plan for the effort involved.
Homeschooling takes a lot of effort. No lie. It is exhausting.
I love it, so please don't think I am complaining about the decisions we have made for our family, but sometimes homeschooling can wear me out.
There's the research involved . . . homeschooling methods, state laws, learning styles, curriculum.
Then I have to put into action all those methods and curricula choices I made. I have to trial and error to see what works, and what doesn't. Sometimes I have to completely scrap things and start all over.
Someone has to maintain the house (or at least try), and listen to the six year old count to 1,000 for the third time that day while helping the four year old write his name, and feed the hungry baby, and answer the phone, and direct FedEx to the correct neighbor's house, and cut out paper hearts, and walk the dog and fix lunch and do all the normal parent things . . . while simultaneously strewing good books, and scheduling field trips, and organizing the math manipulatives, and planning a lesson for co-op, and ordering that new curriculum, and previewing the educational DVD we ordered from Netflix and pre-reading the next chapter in our read-aloud and . . . .
Sometimes I just want to shut down our homeschool for the day, find the children's mute buttons, and curl up on the couch reading or watching mindless television all day.
It's a delicate balance between offering just the right amount rich learning experiences, and knowing when to back off and let the child's natural curiosity take over.
It's hard not to worry.
I have to work at trusting my instincts.
I'm learning right along with my kids.
Homeschooling takes a lot of effort . . . but it is so very much worth it!
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