“You Homeschool too?” “Youmust be SuperMom!” “You have more patience than I do!” “I could neverhomeschool my kids.” These and more are all typical responses I hear whenpeople find out we homeschool our children (ages 21m, 35m and 6yr). Am I aSuperMom? Do I really have morepatience than others? I sure don’t think so.
When we first decidedhomeschool was right for our family, a whole bucket-load of emotions wentthrough me. I was excited, because I had always wanted to be a teacher. I wasscared, because I thought I might fail. And, I was nervous, because I wasafraid I might not be able to teach my then 5yo to read. And, then I attended aHomeschool Mom’s meeting and heard something so profound, yet so simple. If God has called you to homeschool yourchildren (which we felt He had), then ask Him daily for guidance and he’ll give it to you. Ask Him how best toteach your child…He willgive you the answers! WOW!!
Even though we had soughtHim in our decision whether to homeschool or not, it kinda stopped there.DUH!!! The speaker was exactly right! He wouldguide me…if I just asked Him!
So, how do I make it workwith 4 kids (ages 6, almost 3, 1 ½yrand 5m)? Well, I must admit some days are easy and others I literally couldpull my hair out!! But, I’ve found a few things that work for us. (At least forright now.) At , when itstime to start school, I put the middles in their high chairs and turn on aneducational
DVD (we have the complete Brainy Baby collection).Right now we’re concentrating on the ABC and 123 videos. They love watching the other kids on thevideo and really have fun. While I’ve got them set-up I turn my attention tothe 6yr old. We alternate days for paperwork and reading assignments. He doesnot care for paperwork, so we do those on Tues and Thurs. And then Monday,Wednesday and Friday I do Science, History and Bible with him. Now, we do adaily devotion everyday, but this is our actual Bible curricula that I’mtalking about. His little brain just doesn’t have the capacity to sit forreading those subjects and doingpaperwork all at once. We have melt-down after melt-down. So, after Christmas Idecided to switch it up and see if this fit him better…at least for a while. So far, so good!
Now, on days he’s doingpaperwork I will often get him started and then leave him to work while I goback to the middles and read the coordinating book or do the coordinating flashcards of the
DVD they just watched. My daughter loves books and being read to and my 3yoboy loves flash cards. I mean he really loves them…almost to the point of obsession! But, ya knowwhat?! If he’ll do them and he’s learning…Idon’t mind!!!!
Now, you might wonderwhere the baby is all this time. Well, we’ve timed it just perfectly to whereshe’s snoozing away in dreamland until about , at which time we’re usually finished with ourdaily school work!
So, there ya have it! Itmay seem a bit crazy to you, but it works for us!! The key to homeschooling isto not be afraid to change it up and try new styles, routines, and schedules.Find what works for you. And if that starts to fail, try changing it up again.Keep things fresh and new. Especially with BOYS!!! They typically don’t likerepetitive things. Boys are active, spontaneous and hands-on! So, make yourschool plans accordingly. (Can I tell you how much I’m looking forward tohomeschooling my girls?! I just hope they like papers as much as I do! haha)
OH…I forgot to mention that Thursdays are typicallyour field trip, experiment and
FUNdays!!! (after papers are done) Why? Because the Hubster is home to enjoy thistime with us and loves being involvedin the schooling process in this capacity! And, frankly…I’m glad! I love building volcanoes, but let’sface it – a Dad building a volcano with his son is so much more fun for bothof them! So, I’m willing to sacrifice that time and let them have FUN!! (Isn’t that nice of me?!)
Well, I hope this helpsyou a little. I just hope you enjoy the journey as much as I am!! I am so incredibly grateful that God has called me to be not only a wife, a mother, but also my children’s teacher!!! What a blessing and JOY it is!! And, really…I’m learning so much more this time around!! Ijust might be smart when I grow up!
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.