I have a few confessions to make as a homeschool mom.
Our days don’t always go as I plan them or as I’d envisioned them to be before I actually started homeschooling for real. Having worked in a Montessori school B.C. (before children), I imagined a nice, neat little classroom full of brightly colored manipulatives, cute little tables and chairs, and everything in its place in orderly bins in little cubbies. *deep breath* I will not covet my neighbor’s organizational skills. Or her budget to buy all that cool stuff we can’t afford.
Reality check: when school is home and home is school, there’s bound to be a little chaos.
At least in my experience there is. Can you relate to any of the following?
Sometimes math is delayed because we can’t find the math manipulatives. Usually because the preschooler has run off with them to see how many she can stuff in her purse. Does that count as math time?
|Aha, there they are!|
Sometimes we don’t finish one lapbook before starting another just because we’ve lost interest in the first one.
Sometimes that book or curriculum we just had to have right now sits on the shelf for a few months before we actually get around to starting it.
Sometimes the only shoes I wear for days are my favorite comfy slippers. No, I don’t stay in my jammies all day. What do you think yoga pants are for? Yoga? You’ve got to be kidding me!
Sometimes I read other homeschool blogs and marvel, “How does she do it all? Why can’t I?”
That’s when it gets serious, folks. We are each uniquely called to homeschooling for many different reasons. God put us each in our special place and time, with our individual children, for a specific purpose. Your kids aren’t mine and mine aren’t yours for a very important reason. God has a plan. Who are we to second guess it?
I thank God His mercies are new every day because I sure need Him. I also thank Him for the precious gifts of my children and the privilege I have in educating them at home, even when real life homeschooling isn’t easy.
Is homeschooling in real life going smoothly or have you learned to be flexible?