So, I officially have two weeks of homeschooling under my belt (not full time homeschooling, just two days a week. So, that would be a whole four days of homeschooling. Which deserves some sort of an award. Which is why I’m telling you all this. Someone give me some praise, would ya???)
I’ve learned a few things in the last couple of weeks about homeschooling and I thought I’d share.
First, it’s not as bad as one might think it to be. When I say “one” I’m speaking of myself. I know, you’re thinking, Erin, aren’t you a credentialed teacher that taught full time in a classroom of thirty students? Yes, yes I am. Then why are you so scared of homeschooling your one measly child? First, of all, he’s not measly. Geez, that was rude. Secondly, because teaching your own kid is way different than teaching other people’s kids.
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret here… teachers rely on you parents. They aren’t kidding at Back to School Night when they say that they are on a team with you. We, as teachers, know that we will only have your kid on our class for one (maybe two) years, and we rely on you to fill in the gaps that may be missing or tie up the loose ends, if you will. And if you don’t, well, it’s your kid. We can only do so much, and if you don’t care, then we can’t really pass over that wall.
But with homeschooling, it’s all on me. And that freaked me out. If my kid grows up to be dumb, I can’t blame the public schools or government instated standards… I only have myself to blame.
But in the last couple of weeks, I’ve realized it’s not really that much pressure. I think I’m blessed with a kid that really likes learning, so, so far, we haven’t had to fight many battles in order to sit down and get to business. Also, the joy of homeschooling is that we can take breaks when things feel too stressful for him (or me) and I can always change my approach to teaching a new concept, because I can. I love that! Plus, I can see first hand what his strengths and his weaknesses are, and cater my lessons to those. Love that, too.
The second thing I’ve learned in the last couple of weeks is that homeschooling can be anything, anywhere. We went to the zoo on Tuesday for Caden’s birthday which is supposed to be a homeschooling day, and it still was! Go ahead and try to tell me that trekking around the San Diego Zoo doesn’t count as PE. I dare you. And of course it was science. We even came home and made a big elephant poster with all the pictures we took and the facts we learned during our bus tour, and he brought it to school to share with his class today. Tell me that’s not awesome!
The last thing I’ve learned about homeschooling is that this here blog may suffer in the process. Homeschooling is fun and I love it and I really think it’s the best option for Caden, but it requires some organization and thinking ahead and planning (even though his teacher sends me her lesson plans.) And on top of that I still have my regular mom duties (just like the rest of you.) So, writing is taking a back seat.
Motherhood = Sacrifice
It’s a lesson I keep on learning.
So, I’m not getting rid of this here blog by any means, but just know that the updates may not be as frequent, then again they may be. I’m just taking the bloggy pressure off of myself for right now.
Here’s a question for my fellow homeschooling mommies: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from homeschooling your kids?