We’ve been hit by Hurricane Homeschool

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I can explain by telling you that about 10 days ago, our family started a new homeschool curriculum for preschool.

We wanted to try it out before buying this company’s kindergarten kit next year for our oldest. We also need to get him kindergarten ready.

As I pulled each piece out of a suitcase, I envisioned myself posting glowing reviews of the whole homeschool process. How great the curriculum is. How much I love homeschooling. How fascinating it is to see your children learn.

Ten days in, and my emotions resemble a tornado. Often twirling out of control, very little calm in the middle.

Don’t get me wrong. I think I still believe in the curriculum. Time will more fully tell. I also, in theory, think it is fascinating to see people learn, especially my children.

So what’s the problem?

I think it’s me.

I love lists and I love checking things off. I have a very type-A desire to accomplish everything I set out to do.

In that regard this curriculum is a perfect match. Lots of lists. Very systematic. One of the reasons I chose it.

But I’ve found it’s running me and my family ragged in the process. And this is, after all, preschool.

And while I believe education is important, life goes on. I still need to clean my house (hasn’t happened in about a month), cook (we went out to eat tonight), work (which at this point feels almost like vacation) and maintain my sanity (should not be overrated).

I can just hear all you non-type-A types snickering.

So, after a ragged start, here are my goals for the coming semester:

1. Keep God first. If my kids learn that the Lord loves them and that God wants them to obey Daddy and Mommy, I should throw a party.

2. Seek God myself. Personal prayer time has to regularly come before school. I’m a yelling, frustrated, not glamorous mommy by nap time without it.

3. Remember the bigger picture. School readiness has a lot more to do with social skills than knowledge. Like my husband said tonight, if my oldest can learn to not be overwhelmed socially, he can learn. Focus on showing respect (me included!), being kind, gentle and taking turns.

4. In the context of training, keep learning fun. My kids should have age-appropriate goals, like sitting still for 10 minutes and following simple directions that is rewarded by fun in our classroom.

How will all this go? You’ll just have to stay tuned.

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