B is for Bumpy Road to Homeschooling

We are on a homeschooling journey and the road has not been smooth. The road has been under construction. I’m not sure when it will look the way I want it to. The road is hardly paved in gold like in the fantasies of Oliver Twist. Instead, I am reminded of the poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. Our bumpy road is covered in brambles and undergrowth.

Bumpy Road Ahead!

Bumpy Road

 

First there are the naysayers. Most homeschooling parents have heard similar concerns:

  • We aren’t qualified.
  • The public schools are good enough.
  • You aren’t rich enough to homeschool
  • Homeschooled kids aren’t socialized enough
We’ve done our research.  We’ve weighed all our options.  None of these things bother us.  We know that we have made the best possible decision for our children and their future.  I don’t waste my time trying to convince people anymore.  I have a lot of supportive people on my side who I can talk to when things get tough.
It’s hard to start homeschooling, even with the most thorough preparation.  Curriculum choice is tough. This year, we put together a mishmash of different materials for each subject.  For some subjects, we had chosen wisely; they engaged our children and kept their interest.  Some of the books I had chosen didn’t even hold my interest.  Next year, our son will be attending a virtual school where all the materials will be provided. Hopefully, they will keep him interested.  I am not sure what we’ll do with our daughter.  She doesn’t seem to sit still long enough for much of anything.
It’s difficult to teach anything substantial to young children.  They will be listening to a story one minute, then hear the garbage truck outside.  I am learning to break up subjects into short, little sessions.  That way, if they are distracted, we have covered the key points for that session.  I am also learning that the flashier the lesson, book, or materials are, the more excited the kids are about sitting next to me for a lesson.  I am slowly discovering their personal learning styles.  My son is a kinesthetic learner, using his hands and objects to figure out solutions to problems, how to make states and countries, or how to spell a word.  His sister is an auditory learner in a way; much of her knowledge comes from listening to her brother and modeling him.
As difficult as this first year has been, it has been so worth it to see our children learn firsthand.  Whether it be from hands-on instruction or self-discovery, these tidbits of knowledge they are soaking up are valuable.  I am very happy and blessed that we decided to homeschool our children.  Although our road has been bumpy, I’m sure it will eventually smooth out.
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6 thoughts on “B is for Bumpy Road to Homeschooling

  1. First, let me say THANK YOU for linking up and being so honest about your first year of homeschooling. It IS bumpy. It can be really hard. I’ve been at this for 13 years and one thing that I’ve learned while looking back is that I stressed out about the academic end of things WAYYYY too much the first few years. If you have young kids, they WILL get distracted. There’s totally nothing wrong with letting them stand outside to meet the garbage men and see how the truck operates. Go with their interests! There are science concepts to be seen in those garbage trucks… levers, for one. Fun things to do while they learn that they won’t learn from reading a textbook.

    Virtual schools have definite down sides. You can’t go at their pace and you can’t change things if they aren’t working. Go into it with an open mind and don’t be afraid to back away if that is what you see will be best for your kids. If they’re young, keep an open mind. Homeschooling is what you make of it. Kids don’t always fit in boxes. Hang in there! :)

    • I agree, the garbage truck can be another learning opportunity. Thank you for being honest about your journey, I am new to this as well and even though it hasn’t been as hard for us, we have had some problems with the naysayers. You just have to be confident in your choice and that you are doing the best thing for your children.

  2. I agree with Dawn about the virtual schools. There are down sides because “virtual” means that it is recreating the school in your house. I hope that whatever you choose works out for your family. The daughter sits for 6 1/2 hours a day for school work. We, like Dawn, have finally realized that stressing the book academics so young sometimes becomes more of a battle than it should be. I hope that you are able to find a smoother road, but there will be hiccups along the way. We’ve been at this for almost 6 years now, and this year, I have pulled back from the books and gone with their interests. It has made all the difference.

  3. We are finishing up our 2nd SUCCESSFUL year of homeschooling. Hugs to You!!! I say Bravo!! Yes, is homeschooling is working for your family –by all means continue! I think it’s a bumpy road at everyone’s first few years…just trying to get your system going, your curriculum found, etc etc.
    I hope all the best for you and family. Take care and thank you for sharing.

  4. I read “B is for BUNNY”– three times. then as confused why your title was BUNNIES and you were talking about the difficulties of homeschool… then I reread the title.

    I think when I get to “D” it will be for DYSLEXIA…. or maybe ‘dork’

    I’m here from the ABC meme hop.
    http://kabersblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/abcs-of-homeschooling.html

    I never found homeschool to be hard or difficult.- I mean, sort of- but not more so that just good parenting in general is. but we are kinda, almost unschooling-

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