Homeschooling When It’s Hard

Sometimes, it gets hard to homeschool. Well, honestly, it’s always hard to homeschool, but some times it’s worse than others.

Recently, I hit a rough patch in our schooling that has caused me to sit back and reevaluate what I was doing.  Is the program for us?  Is the curriculum for us?  Why am I doing it this way?  What, exactly, am I hoping to accomplish?

These answers aren’t always easy to come by.  It took me several days to decide how I should continue.  I didn’t want to keep moving blindly in the direction we were going, but what else could I do?

While each family is different and has different needs, there are a few ways to handle the rough patches.

  1. Stop.  Just stop.  Take a few days off and use that time to watch the kids.  How do they spend their free time?  Is it contradictory to how you are teaching?  Are they using their time to teach themselves in a way that they are comfortable?  Do they look burned out and tired?  Are they fighting and frustrated?  You may be surprised at what your kids will show you.
  2. Cut back.  Especially in Elementary, kids only need the basics~ Language Arts, Math and Phonics.  Health, History and Science can all be taught simply by reading to them.  Make a trip to the library three times a week and read.  Read them anything they pick out and just enjoy the time learning together.
  3. Continue on your path.  Sometimes, we do too much second guessing and convince ourselves that we are wrong.  Sound like you?  If so, don’t stop doing what you’re doing.  Continue on your current path with the understanding that you will reevaluate your present fears in a month.
  4. Seek counsel.  Express your concerns and listen to what they have to say.  Seek people with more experience or a clearer head.  This is the route I went.  I talked to my Mother and friends of mine that have been homeschooling for almost 30 years.  Melissa {my partner at Home Grown Families} was an amazing help to me!  She knows me and my kids well and was far enough removed from the situation to be able to talk objectively.  She offered some insights that were invaluable.

Whatever route you choose to go, just know that you are headed in the right direction.  The fact that you are in tune enough to notice a potential problem, and concerned enough about it to act, means your children are far better off than most others.  Trust your gut when it comes to schooling and you’ll never be far off track!

Tiffany is a homeschooling single Mama to 3 very special little girls.  You can find her changing her mind at Home Grown Families.

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    I agree that reading can cover a wide range of the basics in homeschooling. My mom taught us Ancient Greek and Rome myths and history by giving us coloring books to occupy our hands while she read to us. It was one of my favorite times of the day because it was calming, but very interesting.

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    I think it is so important to have support groups when you homeschool. It is nice to have more social time for kids and for you to have the chance to see how others work homeschooling

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    Blair Gwin says:

    I love this post. I am really thinking about implementing home school for our family in the future!

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