My mother has not always been a champion of homeschooling.
When my nephew was much younger she had a few choice words about how he was being educated. As the years wore on and his exceptional education became more and more apparent she has since changed her tune. As she watched the day to day learning of her grandson she saw the great benefits of a homeschool education.
And along with that she now likes to comment, often, about how homeschooling is “Not for the faint of heart.” The dedication, the constant interaction with your child, the struggles over difficult subjects, and the sheer amount of determination it takes to get up each weekday and FOCUS on the curriculum. Homeschooling is not easy.
What Makes Homeschooling Hard?
When your child is at home all day, and mommy is the teacher, it’s can be easy for them to misunderstand the freedom he has at home and feel that homeschooling is just a long summer holiday. You’ve got to set boundaries and expectations right from the start.
Homeschooling requires a lot of hard work and a lot of patience. Because it’s so informal it can be easy to be lax about the whole thing which will not work for your child’s success.
When she struggles with a subject I struggle with her. To find the right method, tool, or path to help her understanding.
When she’s not feeling motivated I’m feeling frustrated.
Also there is the very real possibility of burnout. A change in the family situation, intense teaching, too rigid a schedule, or anything that brings on stress can make you want to just “give up”.
And Then There is the Beauty in Homeschooling
There is beauty in being at home with your child and helping and watching them learn. It is so rewarding when they get “it”.
Homeschooling gives you more control over the influences that can affect your child, good and bad.
You can tailor your curriculum to suit the needs and interests of your child. Which is very important if your child struggles in any area or is singled out for any reason.
You can provide your child individual attention and help them realize their potential.
Homeschooling is a part of family life. The whole family learns. Mom and dad too!
And there is no bullying (provided you’ve got all the siblings in order).
So yeah homeschooling can be hard. It can be fight to get up in the morning. It can be very difficult to focus on the task at hand when the beautiful outdoors are calling. It can be annoying to remind well meaning friends and family that just because you are home your time is not free.
But the good far outweighs the bad.
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