THE SECOND YEAR
So here we are! Me made it to homeschooling, the second year! It’s a little hard to believe actually. Though it always sounded like a great idea to me to homeschool my kids, after having a child with a pretty severe learning disability and eventually being diagnosed with an intellectual disability, I just didn’t think it would ever be for us.
After two years, three schools, five teachers, and lack of support therapy wise, I finally tapped out on the public education system in Savannah, Georgia. It’s not all bad in the Hostess City, but their education system is broken…especially when it comes to kids with special needs.
SCARED TO TAKE THE PLUNGE
I was honestly scared to homeschool because I didn’t think I’d be able to help Jac. My mind wasn’t completely made up until about a month before the co-op started. I went to a meeting with the founder of the co-op and learned she had a degree in special education. I took Jacqueline’s IEP (Individualized Education Program) with me, the teacher read over it, and she felt confident that she could attend the co-op and reassured me of my ability as her mom to homeschool.
NOT WHERE I EXPECTED TO HAVE PROBLEMS
Jac ended up being a dream to homeschool. She was really happy she didn’t have to go back to the public schools of Savannah. (Up until our move to Savannah, Jac loved school!) Joseph, on the other hand, was a nightmare and my problem child.
I struggled every day getting him to sit down and do work. He kept asking to go back to public school, but I really wanted to give it a shot. By the end of the year, both kids were happy to return to their co-op.
What I love about homeschooling:
The kids aren’t learning a test, they’re learning information that will help them later in life.
With the co-op I have pretty much everything I need to help the kids learn. There’s not math or science curriculum so I have to supplement with those subjects, but I love the history and language arts provided for the kids.
We can travel when we homeschool without really missing school. (Just like we are doing as I write this blog.)
Anything and everything is a learning experience and they don’t spend hours at school lining up and dealing with others who have behavioral issues.
I love that they’re with me because one day they’re going to grow up and move away from me. I’m going to try to soak up the time we have together.
BUT THERE ARE SOME CONS
The downside of homeschool:
They’re around me ALL. THE. TIME! Sometimes I wonder how we made it to homeschooling for a second second year. I love them so much, but honestly a break would be very welcome. (This honestly is probably the only negative that comes to mind.) It is one though that has had me at times consider sending them back to school, but I just can’t do that to Jac.
There are some common misperceptions about homeschooling and homeschoolers. The first would be that they aren’t socialized. Between the co-op, church, hanging with friends, and martial arts…the kids get to be around a lot of people and a lot of different types of people.
The second misconception is that homeschooling parents are patient. When people hear that I homeschool one of the first things out of peoples’ mouths is, “I don’t have the patience for that.” Well guess what, sometimes you just do things. It’s just like a workout you think you can’t do because you’re not strong enough…Or make it through undergraduate or graduate school when you have everything else in the world going on. You just make things happen. So that’s how I look at that.
ONE YEAR…OR ONE DAY AT A TIME
Here’s to homeschooling…the second year.
So I’m glad for the first year under our belt and the start of a new one. It’s kind of nice this year because I’m not as nervous about it…because I’ve done it.
I would say, if you’re considering homeschooling, just make a list of pros and cons. What is best for your kids? How will it impact the schedule? Will they learn in a homeschooling environment better? Only you can answer these questions. Just know that the first year will be challenging because you’re being thrown a lot of new things. It’s okay to be overwhelmed with it all. Take it one day at a time.
For now, we are enjoying a family vacation after the school year has started and it doesn’t hinder our schedule or the kids’ learning.
want to hear me talk about it? Watch my interview with our local news station WSAV.
Until next time….