Home Education Week Post #3

Posted: April 1, 2008 in family stuff, homeschooling

 Principlediscovery is hosting a Home Education Week.

Writing Prompt:  April Fool’s-And we have likely all felt the fool in one way or another.  Share your greatest challenge.  Or one of those terrible, horrible no good, very bad days where the only thing there is to do seems to involve moving to Australia.

This prompt was very difficult for me.  My children are always up by 7:00am fully dressed ready to spend atleast 1 hour reading their Bibles together in harmony, then begin their academic school subjects.   They work totally independently and always complete all of their assignments without arguments.  After Lunch, they then spend several hours practicing their musical instruments and then happily join me in the kitchen where we prepare a 4 course meal for our entire family…………………………..NOT!!!  Now that is an April Fool’s.

Seriously, after 9 years of homeschooling we have many, many stories of how things have definitely not gone the way they were planned to go.  We have had many days where I just sit and wonder, “What in the world was I thinking having these monsters, wanting to homeschool these precious children 😉 ”  We have had days when I am pleased if we atleast read something that day.  I figure if all else fails, atleast they can just go read something. 

I always begin my school year with very detailed lesson plans.  I am very much an organizer and I love to plan.  I am somewhat of an OCD personality and my strength is definitely making plans and schedules.  I probably spend a good month trying to get ready for school to start.  I come into the year with all three girls lessons completely planned out and I know exactly when they will be ready for each test and exactly when each subject should be completed.  The trouble begins when life so carelessly interferes with my very detailed, very thought-out plans.  I don’t believe a year has gone by where by the end of September, I haven’t completely trashed my whole plan and schedule.  Yet, year after year I continue to plan ahead and get everything on paper exactly how I want it to be.  I guess atleast for those few brief moments, my life is perfectly organized and planned out and that is enough for me 😎

There have been days, for example, when I am doing math with my daughter and we are learning fractions or something like that, and then out of the blue, she says, “Now what is 2 + 2 again.” 😉 It is days like that when all I can do is remind myself of those exceptional words of wisdom from the that little blue fish, “Just keep swimming.”

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Comments
  1. Margaret says:

    Hmm, I always think things would go better if I planned more than a week in advance. I just have a rough idea of what I want to accomplish in a given period of time, and plan weekly. I always think I should do more planning. Do you think you get any benefit out of your plans?

    Oh, and we have those kinds of math moments all the time…

  2. Christy says:

    Plans are always perfect aren’t they? I love a plan, so much potential. I toss mine on a monthly, if not weekly basis. Last month I thought we were doing OK, then some more life happened…sigh. If only they would follow the plan…

  3. My plans always look so good on paper and never come together in the home education front…anywhere elese they work out great.

  4. [My children are always…] But you know when I started homeschooling I read a lot of stuff about those kind of homeschool families. It made me feel a little inadequate. I am so glad I met real people on the Internet.

  5. Lyn says:

    I was so hoping you were kidding about getting up by 7!! I’m having a very hard time getting my over 12 guys up by 8! Ack! But they are both good at getting their work done independently so I suppose it’s all good.

  6. Heidi says:

    See, now I got upset with my daughter the other day, ’cause while we were at the store, she wanted an 77 cent item (with tax) and had 84 cents to spend – – so, I asked her what the difference was. She didn’t answer for a while then started guessing numbers. So, I said, “Let’s start with {holding up a finger} 78, {second finger} 79, {third finger}…”
    She says, “90.”
    UUGGHH!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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