This could be every homeschool mother’s nightmare ~
~ a mis-match
~ a curriculum ‘non-fit’
~ children have different learning styles & approach doesn’t work
~ curriculum doesn’t suit the mom’s teaching style
~ blank stares & yawns
~ rolling eyes and groans
~ just not working for your family?
~ run out of time
~ finished the books but still have months ahead ‘to fill’
~ not the right pace
~ no ‘sparkle”
~ does not ignite the child’s passion, interest or involvement
Over my 14-or-more years of homeschooling I have been blessed. Sincerely.
Each year as I plan, prepare and purchase my new curriculum, I always pray. And most of the past years it has worked almost without any of the above “dreads”.
But, this year homeschool has not found a “sweet spot” in my 12-year-old’s life.
She seems to be going through the motions.
Dull, dead, boring days. [sigh]
I think that it is a combination of many of the factors I listed above.
I pray and consider ~
- slog on and complete the year in December
- abandon some subjects
- supplement dull/ unfortunate subjects with new books/ supplementary material
- change or add new methods/ approaches
It helps to recognise the seasons and stages in your children’s lives.
Many homeschool issues are life and character issues.
The Lord reminds me to pray and trust Him for grace.
Grace to let go of the “perfect”, the “diligent”, the “right” and to accept His ways.
His ways are always surrender, rest and peace.
May this post encourage other moms who may also be struggling to make things work.