One thing I have learned during our relatively short journey into home schooling is that no matter what THE PLAN is, I must be open to the fact that not only might the plan change, but it will change.
So we started Kindergarten with Buddy and Blondie in August, shortly before Baby was due. THE PLAN was to do the A Beka book K5 curriculum, continue where we left off and finish “Teach Your Kids To Read In 100 Easy Lessons”, as well as incorporate some narration, copy work, dictation and memorization this year. Both boys are taking violin again this year and will be trying out some piano as well. Buddy is signed up for his second season of rec hockey and has been asking when it starts.
Now that I’ve written that all down it sure sounds like alot, and sure enough, it wasn’t long into the year that I realized THE PLAN would be changing.
Maybe I’ve read too many books, but lately I’ve felt alot of pressure to get this whole homeschooling thing right. There’s this feeling that if my kids aren’t in university level classes by 12 I’ve failed them as a teacher. Well, even though I know that that is unreasonable, I still feel driven to push the kids harden than I should.
Compared to those involved with the grassroots home school movement there are SO many resources available, and whenever I talk to anyone just starting or interested in home schooling, they are quite simply overwhelmed by philosophies, methods and approaches (as I was, and still am for that matter). And to be completely honest, there are way too many “printables” available online, and I’m rather sick of hearing about sensory activities (mostly because I apparently don’t do enough of them). It is so easy to feel flooded by information and completely inadequate to home school.
Just when I start feeling confident about one of our curriculum choices, I read another blog, get an email about some curriculum or hear from another mom about what is working so wonderfully for her children. Now I’m confused and am convinced my kids can’t possibly be learning anything, which is completely ridiculous, but still, how do I know I’m doing this right?
I keep finding myself in this place, and I keep coming to the same conclusion. When I take an objective look at how the kids are doing, not only are they learning they are doing excellent. So things aren’t nearly as dire as I think they are.
So THE PLAN changes and that’s ok. Instead of being, THE PLAN, it should simply be, the plan, and should be very flexible. Focusing on the kids is way more important than how many lessons we finish. Even though I personally really like teacher guides and school times that go precisely according to plan, life rarely goes according to the book and if I’m not okay with that, we are all going to be stressed out.
So ya, there’s been a few changes to the plan this year so far, and there will most certainly be more on the horizon…
So Moms, whether you home school or not, please don’t be so hard on yourselves. God has blessed you with your children, and has a specific purpose and plan for you and your family. It’s not going to look like mine or another families. Seek Him and His will for you and your family.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)