We did it! We began another homeschool year.
For the most part, everyone survived and lived to tell about it afterward.
However, I did learn a few things on our first day of this new school year.
- I learned that outsourcing a few subjects to online learning or DVD teaching is pretty amazing.
I can’t tell you how much time I’m saving by not teaching so many levels of math and science every day. Instead, my kids watch their online teachers who are always cheerful and always patient no matter how many times you hit replay on the video.
I have discovered that DVD’s are my best friends. My kids can watch DVD lessons for Latin and Spanish and writing before they meet with me to go over their subjects. They are so much better prepared for our school time together. Oh, and all the time it saves me from teaching everything from scratch – it’s so nice!
My kids enjoy breaks from me. Yes, I’m sure they think I’m an amazing teacher, but they are enjoying the variety of having a few online or DVD teachers. It’s so beneficial for them to learn from someone other than me.
- When you’re spending all day with each other, there’s bound to be a lot of arguing.
The first week of school was filled with so much sibling rivalry and many tears. It felt like WWIII more than once.
- Homeschooling with a newborn is no joke.
I hold a fussy baby and try to read instructions over her crying. I sway and bounce while trying to read words on the page.
Every few hours I’m stuck nursing the baby while still trying to direct the activities of all my children as I sit in my comfy chair. It doesn’t always work well.
- If homeschooling with a newborn is difficult, homeschooling with a toddler is much, much worse.
Said toddler is a tiny disaster and gets into absolutely everything in the house during our school time.
She requires constant supervision and a vast network of baby gates to corral her. My house is now an obstacle course!
- My other children have already chosen the roles they will play this school year.
One is the class comedian who interrupts everything we do. Another is a future lawyer who loves to argue with me about assignments.
One of my other children is confused about our roles. This child tries to be the principal of our little homeschool, bossing all siblings and even trying to boss me. It’s not working out well for that child.
I also have a drama queen who makes everything much more difficult than it should be, as well as the child who is the apathetic sceptic, who tries to put forth as little effort as possible. Our house is such an interesting blend of personalities!
- Getting started back to school after a busy summer during which we had basically no regular routine – wow! It’s not easy at all!
It is incredibly difficult to find a new routine and stick with that routine. All the schedules and charts and color-coding is not enough. It takes weeks to form new habits and get back into the groove of learning.
Here we are: homeschooling away in the midst of trying to start a new year. I never fail to learn new things and be faced with new challenges.
The one important thing I’ve learned in this homeschool journey is that no two years are the same and flexibility is my biggest ally.