What happens after you’ve gone through all this planning and you find it isn’t working with your kids. We’ve made a monthly to daily homeschool schedule but what do you do if it just doesn’t work for you?
Let me tell you, however, you imagined your kids and your homeschool at the start of this journey, it’s not going to look like that. You know that image that you have of reading to your child as your snuggled up on the couch with them hanging onto your every word. That doesn’t happen here. Once child is doodling, the other one wants to chew on the book, and the other child is trying to read another book because your book is not interesting enough. That is my house.
Things will not be perfect, you will not be able to check off everything on your to do list, every single day. There will be good days and there will be bad ones.
Are there tears?
If there are tears about homeschooling there are issues that will need to be addressed first. I think particularly when you are bringing home a child from public school, there’s a resistance to seeing you as a teacher. This means you get more defiant behaviour towards school and not wanting to do the work or being argumentative. Homeschooling is a lifestyle and it will need a period of adjustment.
Have you found your groove?
Have you found your homeschooling groove where things are for the most part sailing smoothly. If there are hiccups in your schedule, don’t be afraid to move things around. I found that when my son was taking judo, then that day was dedicated to running errands, and the library. Once we returned home, there wasn’t a lot of school work being done. I decided that that day would be delegated to art and science projects. We were still getting school done but no one was in the mood for seat work which was fine with me.
Change is good
Things are not set in stone, you have the freedom to change things up as needed. You don’t have to school from Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm. When my hubby worked weekends, we did school from Wednesday to Sunday and in the afternoons. That’s just what worked for us. You’re not doing school at home, but you are implementing learning into your regular routine. Make it fun and do what works for you.
Follow along in my 31 Days to a Better Planned Homeschool series.