So this is how reading time started:
Sweet Cheeks: I CAN’T do it!
Me: Please try. You aren’t even looking at the book.
Sweet Cheeks: But I can’t do it!
Me: Ok. Well, how about you go play instead and we’ll do this next time.
Sweet Cheeks: NO! I want to do my reading!!
Me: But you said you can’t do it!
Sweet Cheeks: I can’t do it.
Me: So go play.
Sweet Cheeks: No! I want to do my reading! (slides off the couch like a wet noodle…)
Have you ever had one of those days when you want to throw up your hands and say, “Fine! I’m putting you into public school!”
I find it fascinating, and hard, to be on the parent side of education now. When I was in the classroom and had to deal with difficult students at least I knew 3:00 would come and I’d send them back home. But with homeschooling I don’t have that option. I’m with my kids ALL DAY LONG.
Of course, if you have made the sacrificial decision to homeschool (and believe me…it’s a sacrifice!), then you know what I’m talking about. Homeschooling is not for the fainthearted. Every morning we dig in our trenches, set up the plan of attack, and execute at will.
Don’t get me wrong. Homeschooling is great fun! I love the fact that I get to be the one to introduce knew facts and objectives to my kids. I love that I get to snuggle on the couch with them as we read our Bible together. And I love that we can take a day off whenever we want.
But it’s hard work.
Age appropriate curriculum must be found. Educational philosophy must be decided upon for each child. Hours of planning must take place so objectives are covered. Blogs upon blogs of good ideas must be waded through as you find THE perfect way to teach the layers of the earth to your first grader.
And then there’s the execution part of homeschooling. You have to get your children to cooperate with you to even GET the layers of the earth activity completed. You have to deal with the fact that the younger child “gets” reading while the older one struggles. You have to deal with possible learning obstacles every day and research the best methods for helping your child. You have to deal with discipline issues, heart issues, reading issues, math issues, creation and science issues, age-appropriate history issues, and every day issues.
We won’t even get into the whole comparing our kids to the public school system or other homeschool kids….
And we do this for FREE! At least when I was in the classroom I acquired a salary, albeit a small one.
It’s days like this when I have to remind myself why I chose to homeschool in the first place. I used to be 100% against homeschooling. And now I do it every day.
Maybe this is why God allows days such as this. So we can be reminded of the “why” behind the “what.” This is a day when my focus can be brought back under His kingship as I remember my reasons for homeschooling my kids.