ADVENTURES IN HOMESCHOOLING
So last month I shared that we would be entering the world of homeschooling. The name conjures up a number of feeling in people, but it seems there’s been an uptick in it recently. Lots of people on my Facebook feed are sharing that they too have made the decision to homeschool. And it’s not just my mind playing tricks on me, there really are more people homeschooling these days.
THOUGHTS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING
I never really had strong feelings about it. I did wish as a kid that I had been able to be homeschooled mostly because I didn’t like being around people. Anxiety and shyness made me that way. But other than that, when people told me they homeschooled, I didn’t think too much of it other than, “Wow! They have their kids all day long!” My biggest concern homeschooling was that I wouldn’t be able to help our daughter who has special needs. You see, she used to come home from school (since moving to Georgia) and we would attempt to do homework. She was in a self contained classroom with other children with special needs and they would send home a homework packet that had about 30 pages a week. That’s six pages of work a night! Now, I don’t know about you, but that seems excessive for a child who has a learning disability. Not only that, but it was like pulling teeth getting her to DO the work and work through the curriculum…
This scared me. I thought, “How in the world am I supposed to help her learn everything when I can’t seem to help her with her homework and we’re crying and yelling about homework?” But after going to a meeting with the leader of a local co-op I made the decision to do it. It was God telling me it was okay. I felt a genuine peace about the decision and we didn’t look back.
THE FIRST MONTH
So we are about six weeks in at this point, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Jacqueline, the one I thought would be so difficult, is my rockstar. For the first time in almost three years (since leaving Belmont in North Carolina) she looks forward to learning. She really LOVES it! She went from whining, complaining, and even crying about school to sharing what she’s learning once a week at the co-op. The teachers there love her too. There is no doubt in my mind that homeschooling was the best decision for her.
Now, don’t think it’s all sunshine, unicorns, and rainbow…because I have a boy I’m homeschooling too. I thought he’d be my easy one because he’s smart as a whip and retains information like no one else I know. He’s a little jerk to me all day! Don’t be mad at me for referring to my son as a jerk. If he treated you like that you’d say the same thing. lol I’m not joking. He fights me every step of the way…but there’s hope. His teachers say he’s one of the ones who answers all the questions. So he’s retaining the information. He’s listening even though it doesn’t appear that he is, and and he’s learning. But man is he giving me a run for my money! I’ve been told that it gets better. I’m pretty stubborn and patient, so I know eventually I’ll win, but it’s a battle at the moment.
I know it’s still early, but I’m feeling good about this decision…not because I’m an awesome teacher. I actually don’t think I’m that great, but I will say while it does drive me slightly crazy being around the kids 24/7 with no break, I enjoy them. I’m taking it all in. Or at least trying to. In the last few weeks I’ve had time to reflect and think about how short the time with our kids really is. I was tired of running around all evening, not spending any quiet or down time with the kids and even yelling at them to get in the car. Always rushing!! Now we take our time. I hope that I give them the love and support and learning they need, and Lord willing and with His help (and the help of our little community) I will.
That’s all for now. Until next time, friends…