I’ve been working hard on making homeschooling an awesome experience. I found the “perfect” curriculum after hours and hours of researching. I created a schedule. I have prepped in advance. We have a chore chart. I have a daily routine for myself (which has worked wonders, by the way).
I started noticing myself getting overwhelmed pretty quickly. I was obsessing about the fact that the spelling curriculum I bought was so teacher intensive, and I didn’t know how I would make it work with three kids (on top of teacher intensive reading and math, which I feel need to be teacher intensive). I was literally thinking about this constantly while on VACATION. Robert told me to choose something else, less teacher intensive because it has to be a good fit for all of us. But, I struggled with that. I mean, the spelling curriculum has amazing reviews and is supposed to be one of the best. I had a hard time letting that go. I finally bit the bullet and ordered an easier, cheaper spelling curriculum and have the one I had bought all boxed up, ready to return. I have to do what works for all of us, including me.
I also have been worried about sticking to a schedule. I’ve been talking with some other homeschooling moms and I realized something. I have been in a classroom in one way or another for 18 years! Since my junior year in high school. I have the classroom way of doing things engrained in my mind… I have been trying to bring the classroom into my homeschool. It doesn’t work that way!
I’ve heard this is pretty normal for any homeschool mom, and especially common for moms who used to be teachers.
After reading Teaching from Rest this past week, I’ve decided that I need to take a step back, look at what will work for OUR family, remember who I am, and decide what my kids need to thrive. I feel much better today about everything.
Starting Monday, I am going to focus more on routine than on a schedule (like I did when it was just Karis at home). I’ve noticed lately that my kids have been sleeping later, and I’m going to take advantage of that! I’m going to try to relax and go with the flow. We will still get through everything we need to, and I’ll have less stressed out kiddos in the process.
I also planned to add in morning time (poetry, read-aloud, Bible/prayer, and calendar for the boys), then spelling, then history, then science, then art/music one week/two weeks at a time. I have since decided to just stick with morning time, reading, writing, and math for now. I need to keep it simple until we are in a good, solid routine before making things more complicated.
I’m looking forward to the time when I have some homeschooling behind me and feel more comfortable with how I am doing things. I know it’ll come with time… I just need to relax in the meantime :-).