5 Challenges of Homeschooling
Most days I love homeschooling my children. I find joy in teaching them and watching them learn & make connections. I truly love being with my children.Homeschooling can come with it’t own set of challenges. If you’re considering homeschooling you should know the big picture. While there are amazing benefits there are some obstacles as well.
1. Finding a Routine/Rhythm – This has been a challenge for us, as soon as we settle in to one something upsets the Routine, and we have to adjust.
Note : This happened to us recently my youngest used to morning nap & during that time we would do our “school” it gave me a time to focus on the girls. He has since started to give up morning naps so this has changed our ” school-time”.
2. Home Schooling Year Round – We are homeschooling year round. This has been a challenge as we are traveling a lot this summer, but I am determined to keep up with our schooling. So I created an on the go backpack with all our home school lessons and immediate items to school a few days a week. But it can be hard to stay consistent in the summer months.
3. Feeling Frustrated or Alone – Sometimes homeschooling can feel lonely. If you don’t have support or a co/op it is just you and your kids. There are times where we can all get a little frustrated with each other. The loneliness can happen when I hit a roadblock or just need to communicate with another adult.
Note : We work through this by putting away school for the day and spending time together doing something fun, dancing, watching a movie, baking, crafting, etc. As to the loneliness part I am personally still working through it, trying to find a support system of other mom’s who have similar home school children of the same age.
4. Finding a Curriculum or Philosophy – This has been a challenge for me. I have tried many things until finding a program and philosophy that embodies my goals for our homeschooling time. I have spent time trying out programs and researching which ones work for us as a family.
5. Protecting Your Time – In the beginning this was hard for me. I would agree to outside activities, play dates, etc. Then I would look back at my week and realize we spent little time on school. At the time my oldest home schooler was only focusing on early preschool but still we were way over scheduled. This year she is doing kindergarten, so I have to be vigilant about making sure we are protecting our schooltime.
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