Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Homeschooling Takes Effort

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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  1. You're not alone! I have to remind myself that kids go to school to sit in a classroom most of the day then come home and STILL have to do homework... whatever you're doing with your kids is tailored for them and they're learning! :) Most of my plans for Kindergarten this year ended up changing as the weeks passed and we're figuring out that relaxed (with very little seatwork) is much better for us. We do our work throughout the day rather than getting it all done in the morning like I thought would happen. Be encouraged! Yours are still young and you have plenty of time. :) I looove that you're using Ambleside Online, too. When we get our reading in, I feel like we've really accomplished something. I've been using the library a LOT for other subjects - geography, history, science. Yes, books are a very large part of our days. :)

  2. You are def. not alone! Today this was the perfect read for me :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. So true! I think we all feel overwhelmed sometimes!

  4. Isn't this the truth! I think we've all been there, done that, thought that! :) Thanks for sharing your heart.