Have you had a good school year so far? Are things working out like you planned?

This is the time of year when new homeschoolers might be wondering if they are ever going to “hit their stride.” There are a couple of reasons why you feel like you can’t seem to hit the easy part veteran homeschoolers always seem to talk about.

After all, where are you supposed to find the time to homeschool your children and…
• Bake fresh bread
• Feed (read prepare) three hot meals per day
• Milk your own goats
• Churn your butter
• Belong to three to five extra-curricular activities per child
• Have time to get up and write over that cup of coffee before the house begins to stir at 7:30am
• And all of those wonderful, idyllic moments that you see in articles and blogs.

Other homeschoolers seem to manage it, right?

The answer might be any or all of the following:
1. You don’t…because for the vast majority of homeschoolers all of that stuff is not real life for any single family. I know that I feel overwhelmed sometimes after reading a bunch of blogs because after reading 6-8 blogs my brain forgets to make note that that was 6-8 different families accomplishing all of those things. I tend to run it all together. It just is not humanly possible for each family to accomplish all of the things I read about!

2. You might not have reached the point where homeschooling is a lifestyle for your family. Homeschooling runs much more smoothly and closer to that ideal picture when you and the whole family “become” homeschoolers instead of simply schooling at home. I know that the line is a very fine one sometimes, but try to think of homeschooling as a journey for the entire family instead of a destination for the children.

3. You have yet to find your perfect homeschool experience. There are as many ways to homeschool as there are families who homeschool. Maybe the homeschool curriculum you first chose was not a good fit. Maybe your high schooler really needs to work in the afternoon and evenings and sleep late in the mornings. (I know, that just doesn’t seem right, does it?) Maybe your child completes all of the work you thought should take a full public school day in three hours. And maybe, just maybe, you can tweak a small thing and homeschool will begin to feel easier and more like you expected it to be.

I guess what I’m trying to get around to is that homeschooling can be done. If you are not feeling comfortable yet just hang in there! Tomorrow or next week or next month might be the turning point where homeschooling begins to feel right. Remember to seek out homeschool help in terms of support. Tap those veteran homeschoolers as resources. They might just have a secret or two to share with you!

I can tell you that at some point during the seven plus years I have been a homeschooler it has become less difficult, I’m less stressed about it my daughter loves it. I can’t image any other way of educating my child or any other way of life!

Have you hit your homeschooling stride yet?

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2 thoughts on “Have you hit your homeschooling stride yet?

  • November 12, 2013 at 11:46 am
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    Accomplish everything in three hours? Are you kidding? That is a myth unless one is happy with kids filling in the blanks for six easy workbooks. Yes, a student can finish non-workbook school in three hrs in the early elementary years, but later, in upper elementary and beyond, reading good literature and original sources, mapwork, music, writing, exercise (PE), experiments, etc., can’t be done in three hours. Perhaps the myth springs from the definition. I count theater work, nature study, hikes in the park, cross country, art, etc as an education. The three hour comment reminds me of the “I spend only $400 homeschooling” comments when clearly extra internet capacity/computers/printer ink, woodworking tools & wood, library overdue fines, gas and wear and tear on the car to get to “low cost or free things” such as dual credit classes were never included in cost estimates.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm
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    For elementary school it might be possible in 3 hours, but like you I count a whole lot of other things as school besides ‘reading, writing, and arithmetic;. For example, choir which is a 2.5 hour commitment for the practice, but a half hour drive there, and a half hour drive back. In addition, there is the review of the music at least once a day, easily an hours worth of “homework”. I also don’t believe agree about the cost thing. While the curriculum might come in under $400 a year for my single child, trust me when I tell you that that cost does NOT include field trips (Friday we went to a DaVinci exhibit, 2.5 hours driving one way, admittance, three meals away from home for 3 people. Probably closer to a $130-$150 day!) I understand that some people don’t do that type of field trip, and we don’t do a lot of them, but it is part of the homeschool experience for us. If I can’t do better than what the public school provides, what is the point of homeschooling!? Thanks for commenting!

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