I figured I would give an update of how our first year of homeschooling is going so far.
We’ve hit a few bumps here and there with learning what’s working for us, dealing with first trimester pregnancy near the beginning of our school year and remodeling our kitchen. However, I have to say that I am surprised how much I actually do enjoy homeschooling. I knew this was something I really wanted to do but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have a lot of fear starting this. Would I really be able to do this? Am I going to screw up Anna’s love for learning? Will Anna actually like being homeschooled once we start? Will I teach her in the way that she needs? Am I going above my head about all of this?
Not that all the questions necessarily went away but I know that Anna does indeed enjoy being homeschooled and I indeed enjoy getting to be her teacher.
Of course there are days that I wish I could go and drop all my kids off somewhere for a few hours so I can get house things done or just be by myself and actually hear my own thoughts without having some little person asking or demanding my full attention. Just being real there. 😉
Routine and curriculum.
I feel like we are still figuring some of this out honestly. We’ve dropped some curriculums that just wasn’t working for us. We also jumped way ahead in math. Anna was getting really bored and voiced that she now hated math. That shocked me honestly as she loved it in kindergarten. I quickly realized that she was just bored. She was relearning a lot of stuff that she had already learned last year. I looked into getting the next grade up but decided to instead just jump ahead in the current book. So far that seems to be working great!
Routines we are still figuring out as well. So far we are doing school 4 days a week on average. I am pretty laid back on when we start and such. I find that it’s necessary to be with having people in and out of our house lately with the home remodeling and repairs. Anna does enjoy and does well with structure so I try and keep her informed on when we will begin and if we will not be doing school that day.
Roughly we do begin around 930 am. That gives me enough time to do a few morning chores and get Harper, (and Nolan if he is not at 3-k that day), fed and settled in their own activities. The amount of time it takes to finish school always depends on Anna’s focus and how often I get interrupted by the younger ones. 😉 However, we are done before it’s time to prepare lunch for the most part.
Homeschooling during first trimester.
During my first trimester of this pregnancy is probably when I questioned myself the most if I made the right decision to homeschool. I had absolutely no energy to sit and teach. Let alone do all the other duties moms of littles have to do. I asked a few other homeschooling moms I know what were things I could do so that it wasn’t like she was doing nothing. I basically just allowed her to do ABC mouse and the workbooks I purchased last summer at places like targets dollar spot. I also would have her sit and read to me. It wasn’t a lot that we did and we didn’t do it every day. With me being in survival mode those first three months, I just had to have a lot of grace on myself. Talking with others who have been here helped me to know that I was not alone nor screwing up her education. 😉
We slowly eased back in to our more normal routine around November. Of course, we then had holidays come right after and so I didn’t go full force. We didn’t jump back in fully until January, after all the holidays were done. That’s been great since my energy was back too. Of course, that is when we started the demolition for the kitchen remodel. We had to be out of the house a bit so we just took school with us wherever we went. The times we were able to be at the house, we didn’t have our dining table or room where we typically did our school so we did school either outside, (when it wasn’t too cold for us Floridians), or wherever we could that wasn’t being occupied or too loud.
That’s the joy of homeschooling. You can do it anywhere. 🙂
That’s our update. Even through the learning curves and the bad/hard days, I have absolutely zero regrets us making this decision and I am so very blessed to be able to stay home and teach my children. We have already discussed and made plans to continue homeschooling for next school year as well. With having a newborn, there will be more trials and errors and lots of figuring out what works for us but I am excited.
On that note- if. you’re a homeschooling mama who’s done this with a newborn, I am all ears for any tips, tricks and advise. 😉