Homeschooling is amazing but also has its ups and downs. I know for us we have struggled with some areas while homeschooling over these 3 years. I plan to expand on them in the post. In this post, I will share our fails in hopes that it will help others that decide to homeschool in the future. Our homeschool is far from perfect I have made mistakes but with that comes victories. This year we have made a lot more victories than mistakes. This is the first year that I can say homeschooling is going and looking like the way I wanted it to two years ago. (This post has an affiliate link. I can make a small profit if a purchase is made.)
I went into homeschool knowing absolutely nothing. It’s a big decision how could I not have any information. Well, our decision was sort of last minute one. We had all the intentions to sign Z up for Kindergarten. When we went to sign her up we didn’t like the way the staff treated us as parents. I also heard about kindergarteners talking about things that should not be discussed at that age level. From there we made the choice to homeschool. I thought that homeschooling would benefit Z. There are plenty of books out there along with youtube videos and blogs that have information on homeschooling.
Since we didn’t have any information going into homeschooling. I didn’t know about what curriculum would work the best or what programs to use. This lead to me not buying a curriculum for the first 2 years that I homeschooled. Sadly that was one of my biggest fails in this process. I just bought regular workbooks and went over them with her. I didn’t know what I was doing of course since I have never taught anyone. The biggest tip I can give is make sure you do your research and have a better plan that I did when we started this journey. We added actual curriculum this year since I decided to get help from a local charter. I still don’t know what the best curriculum is. I think that would be different with each child. Right now, we have ones that are working for Z and one that didn’t work. That is a whole different blog post.
Schedules are also key when you plan to homeschool. The first 2 years I didn’t have a set schedule for when work needs to be done. Which made our learning lazy yes I said it lazy? It didn’t help that I didn’t have a set curriculum to go by so I had to pick and choose what I wanted her to do. This made our homeschool frustrating and not a fun learning environment that I wanted it to be. This year I have added a planner and have what she needs to do written out. This has made a huge difference in our homeschool environment. Don’t get me wrong though our schedule isn’t concrete it is a general schedule. We normally start around the same time every day and end when she is done. Some days we take more breaks than others it is whatever fits your needs best.
This charter that we joined this year offers a teacher that you can choose to help you learn to teach your child. Like I said I had no idea what I was doing and was just skating by. This year we have had drastic changes and leaps in what Z has learned. Joining this charter has been one of the best choices I have made. The teacher has given me so many ways to help teach Z. Plus Z loves being able to say she has a teacher and gets to meet with her every month. I joined the charter to get help, I am not sure if I will continue the charter later now that I have the foundation that I needed. Z could get back on track with all the tools given this year. This is huge since we were slacking when we started this school year.
Patience is another part that I had to learn. When we started, I know I got frustrated when she wasn’t absorbing things like I wanted her to. I had to learn that I must sit back and let her learn at her pace, not MY pace. She has made such great progress this year by letting her learn at the speed she needs.
Failures are okay it happens. No matter how hard I tell myself that failures are not okay everything had to be perfect. I was wrong there are times I will fail at something I mean the first 2 years of homeschooling has been a failure but learned from what I did wrong and worked to improve or fix my failure. That failure has blossomed into a child that is learning to grow her love for education. There is a quote that I have hanging in the classroom I don’t know who it’s by but it says “Mistakes are proof that you are trying” this has sort of been out motto in our homeschool.
These are just some of my failures in my homeschooling journey. I am still learning and growing as a teacher along with being a good parent. This is not something that can be perfected which is the beauty of homeschooling. I want Z to know that she can have fun and learn at the same time it doesn’t have to be all serious. I mean education is key I am working on giving Z the foundation she needs to love and enjoy learning not to dread it. Have you had homeschooling failures? Please share.