Homeschooling & Real LifeOn March 7, 2019 by Kari
Have you felt lost in your homeschooling journey? Did you have a view of what homeschooling would look like and it’s just not turning out that way?
I have to tell you I’m still figuring it out and my oldest turns 10 this month. Many days I’ve felt we haven’t been doing enough. When Bookworm was little we spent hours reading together, playing with learning puzzles, and had educational posters throughout the house that we looked at almost daily.
But then life began to happen. We moved, I was pregnant with Firebug, Cowboy spent a month in the hospital and almost died, we moved again, Firebug was born, we moved again all within about 18 months. Then a year later we moved out of state and about the time I was finally feeling settled we moved into our RV while we were finishing our tiny house while pregnant with Cutie Pie.
Now Bookworm is fixing to turn 10 and I’m pregnant again and we are starting our tiny house expansion. Every time I start to feel like life is getting to a season of calm life starts up again and brings new challenges creating chaos in our homeschool.
So I get it! Feeling lost and confused and having this vision of what my homeschool was going to look like and never seeing it come to a reality makes me wonder what I’m doing! I mean we homeschool to give our children the best education but most days I feel like I’m failing.
But I’ve learned a lot through all these challenges…
1. Kids learn everyday through experiencing real life. The life skills my children have learned is something they would have missed while attending public school. And I see them learning everyday even if we aren’t doing any traditional school throughout the day.
2. We can “do school” without it looking like school. We can read books, listen to audiobooks, practice reading and writing by creating shopping lists, learn math skills at the store and so much more just through every day experiences. Knowing this helps me remember to get the kids involved in doing all kinds of “normal” life tasks and have them count as school.
3. We have to make school a priority! We have to take the days when we don’t have plans and get some traditional learning in. We have to make coop days and field trips a priority to enhance our learning experiences. And the days when I’m feeling good we can’t skip school to get house work done. We need to include school on days when I’m having a good pregnancy day just as much as we need to when it’s a bad day.
So today if you’re struggling with the vision of your homeschool day and reality don’t give up on it! Look at what is going on in your life right now and make the best of it today! Choose to make school a priority and see areas that you can turn everyday tasks into learning opportunities. And don’t give up! Just keep pushing towards your goal of creating lifelong learners and happy kids. Because if you have those two things your children will turn into successful adults!