Homeschool is Back in Session!
We have started homeschool! My oldest son is in 7th grade this year! My daughter is in 6th grade, and the baby boy has started Kindergarten!
I started homeschool with my oldest two 3 years ago. It seems so crazy that they have already been home that long! I feel like I learn more each year about their learning styles and their comforts, strengths and struggles. The first year, we were very laid back and tried what I like to call a “structured unschooling” approach. We still did a lot of work, but we didn’t have any text books or schedules. We just decided what we wanted to learn each day and studied in the areas I knew they were uncomfortable in while they attended public school. I wanted them to understand that just because they weren’t really strong in a particular subject, didn’t mean they had to stress over it. We have finally succeeded in that area! My son is now very comfortable reading aloud, and my daughter is doing multiplication without crying and even asking for harder math! Last year we tried virtual school through the state and, while it was a wonderful alternative, I just didn’t feel it challenged the kids. This year, I have put together my own curriculum compilation!
Now that I have found a groove with the big kids, my youngest is home. (He was in half day preschool last year and it was a great decision! My husband advised that we put him in and I did so against my heart…I’m glad I did!) I was worried about how we would go about teaching on so many levels with such a big gap between the younger two kids.
Well, it has been 3 weeks since we started and so far, so good!! My youngest is adjusting to mommy being his formal teacher as well as sharing me with the other two. The oldest are adjusting well to staying busy while I help the little one, and I am adjusting to having 3 kids in my homeschool classroom! We don’t always stay on schedule, we don’t always get everything on our to-do list completed, but we are always busy and always learning! The main thing we have to remember is to be patient with each other and realize that we are learning. If nothing else, I see the patience in ALL of us growing stronger and that makes me so very happy!