There is a vision amongst us homeschoolers that everyone is a homeschooling supermom. Everyone has it together, is organized, has great resources and kids that are working at least one full grade ahead.
Everyone except us.
Well, I am hear to tell you, it’s actually everyone except me!
I love the moms that are together enough to make me look like I don’t know what I’m doing because it gives me something to look forward to~ somewhere to aim. But, even though we are in our 4th year of homeschooling, I can’t seem to get it together. Let me give an example:
- I just bought our curriculum for the year
- My 3rd graders can’t read
- I am late turning in my affidavits to the school district
I tell you this because life happens to us all. I am not a failure. As you know if you’ve been following, my girls are on the Spectrum and have learning disabilities, too. One twin is severely dyslexic and the other is only “a little” dyslexic. Rest assured that I am working hard on figuring out the best help to get them for this problem.
Also, as homeschoolers, we have a little wiggle room as far as our schedule. In our state, we are required to have school 180 days. Between now and June 30th, there are approximately 295 days. I will make sure we school on at least 180 of them. We don’t have snow days, and weekends work just as well for us as weekdays. I’ve got it covered.
As far as curriculum, having kids with Special Needs makes it a little harder on us than just going with recommendations. I am sure I will be changing something up every. single. month. from now until the end of the year. But, you know what? I really appreciate the ability to do that! I am able to work with my girls and find exactly what will help them.
Tonight, I will sit down and review the books one more time. I will write down how much we need to get done each week to stay on track. This will help me keep a mental record of what is expected by the district and where we really are. It will also let me know how much time we have to go off on the tangents my girls will, inevitably, want to follow. That is the life of a homeschooler and a gift to my students.
So, if you are a homeschooler that doesn’t seem to be able to get it right, stay strong. I have a feeling that there are more of us than we know. They’re just too far behind to write about it.