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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

School Struggles


Well, we're back into our homeschool routine after Thanksgiving break but I'm still really looking forward to our Christmas break. We are struggling in our homeschool and I just don't know what to do. I'm not sure how people stay sane with little ones running around screaming and arguing and then a son who is struggling with some grammar concepts. I'm feeling pulled in many directions at once.....too many directions. Did I bite off more than I can chew? Wouldn't be the first time.....

I'm beginning to feel like a failure at the homeschool thing with Cade with thoughts of putting him back in school. Or am I quitting because things are just hard right now? He really needs more than I can give him when the other kids are running around. So, we need prayers for our homeschool. I know I'm in a funk about it right now and it wouldn't be the first time. What to do, what to do?

4 comments:

Carrie said...

Is there anyway you can reduce the number of little girls in your house this semester instead of next? I know you really want this to work!

Dustine said...

i stopped by from raising arrows.
when i feel overwhelmed i find that following a schedule works, writing out the kids lessons plans on the weekend (so they know what i expect), letting them listen to audio books, trying to spend more time outside, and taking a deep breath. the book managers of their homes and easy homeschooling by curie was a big encouragement to me.

Liz said...

I wish I knew the answers, but since I've never HS'd, I really don't. Praying for you!

pslively said...

Hello,

I am not a regular reader of your blog.... I just found it today by clicking on something at Raising Arrows. Came to your post about School Struggles and just felt I had to say something. I have been there. Sometimes I am still there. We'll have great weeks, like this one, and then we'll have terrible weeks. But through it all, I am sure that God has called me to homeschool my children and I have to believe that He will make up for my deficiencies, that He will provide what I can't. The truth is, if He gave me these children, then He will help me, and He will help them. I am amazed when I look at my 21 year old daughter. She was an only child until she was 11. As I look back, I basically abandoned her schooling at that time because I had one, and then suddenly two babies to take care of. Yet, she made it through with flying colors. I am continually complimented on how "smart" she is. God provided what she needed. Now I'm not saying that I have no responsibility. I certainly do. But we have to do what we CAN, not what we WISH we were doing. And we can't beat ourselves up over it. I hope this encourages you a little. If you need some really practical suggestions, I will be glad to share my little bit of what works for us. In general, we try to do as much work as possible together. Even the two year old will sit at the table and color for half an hour while SOME curriculum that is independent for my 3rd and 4th grader... things like Writing Strands that are written directly to the student. I assign them books to read for History, as this can be done independently. We do the Apologia Science because we can do it all together. My 4th, 3rd, and 1st are all using the same math book, just in different spots. (Strayer-Upton math) because that makes it easier on everyone. I would love to be helpful to you if I can. Please feel free to contact me.