It’s time to plan another year of homeschooling. This will be round twelve.
Twelve years of homeschool planning. TWELVE.
You would think that I could do this with my eyes closed, but this process is rarely cut and paste.
I change every year. I have new commitments, new interests, and new outlooks on education and life.
My kids change every year. Probably a lot more rapidly than I do. They have new interests, new strengths and weaknesses, and new goals for their time.
Curriculum options change every year. There are new local classes, online classes, and resources being offered. Sometimes we stick with what works and other times we find something that will meet our needs in a better way.
And frankly, sometimes I am just sick of something that I have used a bajillion times even if it would be new to child number four.
This means that every year I have to step back and take inventory of the changes in myself, my kids, and the world around us so we can plan an effective routine for learning.
I gotta be honest. This was a tough year. I felt the pressure of being pulled in too many directions with a high schooler, two middle schoolers, and an elementary schooler.
It was too difficult for me to homeschool the way I normally like to do things. I like to create my own curriculum by pulling ideas from various sources. I hunt for ideas on Pinterest and from fellow bloggers. But that was too hard for me to accomplish this year and meet everyone’s needs while working a part-time job.
Looking back, I should have selected more “open and go” curriculum this year.
But what can you do?
Despite the difficulties, it was a successful year and everyone made progress in academics and life.
Homeschooling wasn’t something I was familiar with growing up. My first real encounter with someone who was homeschooled was in college. One of my college friends and her siblings were homeschooled until 4th grade.
She was grateful that she and her siblings learned to read and do basic math with confidence before entering the school system. They were also given more time to play creatively, relax at home with each other, and learn school skills at their own pace.
Her description made it seem pretty ideal. And clearly, she was a fully functioning college student so it didn’t appear that homeschooling for a few years harmed her too much. HA!
I had no idea at the time, but our friendship planted a seed that would later blossom into our own family’s decision to homeschool.
Playing at the playground. Making crafts. Hanging out with siblings. Playing pretend. Exploring science museums.
At the same time, they weren’t sure what to do with their free time and they didn’t want to fill it with more schoolwork.
I know that “they” say boredom is good for kids. And I am sure it can be. But that doesn’t mean that a bored teen is going to suddenly find new interests and passions simply because they were left to be bored.
Sometimes it takes more effort than that. And that is where I found myself.
At home with bored tweens. And they weren’t finding their passions through boredom.