Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Few Years Back...

an experienced home schooler said to me "You need to make a choice..either you home school or they go to school...make it and stick with it, and take away the other option" At the time I was really wavering in my commitment and belief...ok..that was like until 6-12 months ago..I also did have a hard time swallowing her advice...

As it turns out...she was right. When I took away the option of putting the kids in school and delved into and believed in the process of everything home education entails...my doubts faded. It was almost magical...there were doubts, they went POOF!

Not only was she right, but she was wise. Why? Well...when you are with small people nearly 24/7 and are responsible for educating them....some days...will...NOT...be...fun. For me, today was one of those days. There was arguing between the kids..non stop...the sky was all gray, the brilliant leaves are off the trees and mouldering on my lawn, did I mention the kids fighting???? Everything was wrong.

In hindsight I see where I slipped up...I didnt keep us in the structure we all need...I had a hard time getting motivated...and it showed. The day ended up ok...and tomorrow is the day I go visit with my Mom and Mr. C takes the kids...so Thursday we will begin again, on the right foot.

Odd how yesterday was a wonderful productive day and today was just blah....
Im also thinking of maybe getting a sun lamp this winter? The lack of sunshine is already getting to me...when there is sun I chase sunbeams around the house to sit in, but it's not enough.

*Obviously some people operate fine when they have the option of putting their kids in school....I dont work well in anything without a solid single minded dedication. Having other options makes me second guess what Im doing.

3 comments:

About the Blog: said...

Good post ~ I think finding strategies to make it work for your family is what homeschooling is all about.

mimi said...

Good days and bad days. Oh my, those bad days can be SO stressful. BUT...they make us appreciate the good days so much more. Because of the flu, we did not do school work at all last week....the kids still fought and there were times I was still stressed ;) Not sure where I'm going with this...just wanted you to know that I have those days too.
And BTW-without "doing" school-they still learned so much. :)

MidnightCafe said...

I found that really committing to homeschool this year has made us a lot more content and happy. I think this is really good advice & turns out to be true for most people.