So What's This Homeschool Thing All About? - xoxo Rebecca

So What's This Homeschool Thing All About?

Since my daughter was in pre-school, the idea of homeschooling was always thrown up in the air. My husband has been pushing the idea a lot more than I have. I never had an issue with public school. Yes, you get some bullies, or the nasty preppy girls who think they are better than everyone else. You get the outcasts, the jocks, the nerds, the average has it all.

I grew up going to public school my entire life. I had my shares of ups and downs with it. I had some good years and so years I wish I could take back and redo over again. But all and all I was perfectly happy with the idea of public school for my children. Until my child actually went to public school.

I guess back when I was growing up, school was a bit different. Well, for starters, I grew up on a military base until I went to Jr High. So living my entire childhood on a base, schools were safer in a sense. We didn't hear about school shootings and crazy people lurking around the school yards. No perverts were ever a threat and we could walk to and from school at a young age unassisted.

It also seemed that we were taught things that made sense and were done in the simplest and fastest way possible to reach the correct answer without having to spend countless minutes figuring it out. I remember school being really easy for me and I liked it. The only subject I hated was math. Math was not my friend at all. We didn't life each other LOL.

But now, after sending my own daughter off to her first day of kindergarten, I realized school had changed. Now, we were being sent emails and phone calls and letters about possible threats in the area of the school. Phone calls were made saying the school was on lock down because of a nearby shooting in the neighborhood. Or that a man was sitting in his car outside the playground with no clothes on showing the little girls his body parts.

These things are so scary for a parent new to sending their child off to school for the first time. This was an eye opener that school just wasn't the way I remembered it being. And homeschooling felt like it should be talked about more in our family. Because for one reason, concern for safety. I know you cannot protect your child from everything, but sometimes, I sit and think about how maybe something could happen while she was at school and I couldn't be there to do anything about it or save her.

But another reason was after I started seeing the homework being sent home, I thought things were a bit off. The way the kids were learning things was so much more difficult than I remember learning them. But because it was kindergarten, I decided it couldn't be so bad and maybe it was just the teacher being harder on the kids and trying to see how advanced they could be.

Now that she moved on to first grade, I noticed her homework became more and more difficult. I started getting frustrated that it would take me a good 20 mins to figure out some of her homework lessons and I still couldn't understand what the crap she was supposed to do or what the answer was supposed to be. And that made me mad. I think I'm a pretty smart person {I got almost all straight A's in school...except for math} and I knew I should be able to help my first grader on some simple homework.

So after the school year ended, we decided that we are going to try homeschool. Not because we want our daughter to have an "easy" answer because that it not it. But because we are just not liking what the core curriculum seems to be offering. It made me sad to hear that some of the mothers I talk to in my daughter's class said they are requesting their children be held back in first grade again next year. They said that first grade just confused them too much and they are not comfortable with sending their child on until they feel the child can understand this new way of learning and doing things.

I didn't feel that was right. That's not how it should be. But it is. So we decided that this coming year, we would like to try and homeschool. There are a lot of reasons why we are going to go for the homeschool deal this time around. I like to try all options. A lot of the things mentioned above are all true, yet not all completely the reason. I just want to see as well if this is what would be better for our family. And I'm terrified!

Yes, I am terrified to start homeschool and yet, I'm also not. I have so many mixed feeling about it. Since I never thought we would homeschool, even though it's been something thrown up in the air for a while, I keep wondering if I'm good enough to teach her. Will she learn enough from me? Am I going to be able to be patient like her last teacher? What the heck am I supposed to teach her? Where do I start? How am I going to be able to handle focusing on her with two other little ones crying and needing attention non-stop all day?

I have so many questions. We have chosen a curriculum so at least we have that to start looking into. I figured we would probably do about 4-5 hours a day of school. That should cover almost a day of public school scheduling. Most of me friends who homeschool say they never go over an hour a day. I was told one hour is probably the most to go. Two hours would be pushing it. But I don't think that would work for us. I'm glad t does work for those who suggested it, but I think I need more like the above 4-5 hours to cover things I would like to do and go over. So that is where we would start.

My biggest concern is being her teacher, trying to give her full attention with the two babies needing me so much. That is a big issue that I have to figure out how to juggle them all at the same time with that. But I'm sure I can figure it out and deal with some sort of  schedule. 

So for all those homeschooling moms {and dads} out do you do it? Do you have a schedule set so that your little ones don't interfere with lessons? I'm looking to take in all the advice I can get. And hopefully, we will have a very successful school year coming up.