The one question that I get asked a lot is, “How is homeschooling going?”.
I am very honest in my reply which is, “It is going a lot better than it was a few months ago. It was terrible in the beginning, but now we are enjoying it a lot more. We have a routine….sort of.
The hardest part about homeschooling is getting work done and finding the time to do it. It is so easy to fill up the mornings with activities, art, and goofing off. I have really learned to keep the mornings free so that the kids can learn and do their work. Before I even started this adventure, I had a few veteran homeschool moms tell me not try to get in every subject everyday because it was impossible. They were right! There is no way that I can make my own children sit and do reading, writing, math, science, Bible study, spelling, handwriting, and history all in one day. Not a chance! On most days we are able to do math, history (my new favorite), spelling, Bible study and reading. If Wilson does a lot of writing that day then I don’t make him do handwriting also. It really is a juggling act.
There are days that I feel successful, and other days when I feel like a total failure and that I am ruining my children. I am constantly tweaking the process and making it better. For example, I have realized that on Tuesdays, when Miller is home, I need to make the learning more fun and interactive. Tuesdays are the days to do a science experiment, an art project, bake cookies to learn fractions, or read aloud from our history book and color in a map. It is a day for a math game or watch to our Times Tales DVD to help learn times tables (which is a fabulous way to teach your visual learners). There are ways to make learning more fun and interesting in order to keep a 4…I mean, a 5 year old entertained. (Boo-hoo! Miller had a birthday).
I still love being at home with the kids. Our lifestyle has slowed down significantly and that is the way I would like to keep it. I think that the kids enjoy being at home more often as well. Wilson still needs some friends, which we are working on, but even he would rather be at home in his pajamas than getting up early and going to school all day.
Another question people ask is, “Are they getting outside socialization”. The answer is “yes!” Wilson and faith both go to art class, they go to bible study with other children each Thursday, faith does gymnastics four hours per week, wilson goes to PE class at the Y, and they have play dates. They get to play with kids that they want to be with and are able to choose their friends. Sometimes they play more than they work….sometimes
Overall, life still has its challenges, but it is better. We are together more. My relationship with Faith has improved dramatically. I can learn alongside my kids and I actually know what they are learning. I know what they struggle with and what to focus on more the next lesson. We can take field trips together. Homeschooling is where God has led us and I am so very thankful.