Monday, July 29, 2013

Don't Bite Off More Than U Chew


DON'T BITE OFF MORE THAN U CHEW

The first thing I had to do when I decided to homeschool a year ago was to CALM DOWN. I wanted to stuff so many things into this adventure with my then 15yr old 10th grader that she had to tell me to 'cut it out'.

DON'T GET CURRICULUM GREEDY

There were so many homeschool options to consider that I changed my mind about 6 times in the first few weeks of deciding to pursue it. I went from an online school (KeyStone, Bridgeway and Wilostar3D) to DVD schools (Calvert, Abeka, Bob Jones) to hands on eclectic. Also, I was so elective heavy that I'd be spending tons of money and time carting the kids to this activity and that.

START OF SLOW

After my daughter gave me a reality check. I sat back and wondered what I needed in order to manage my time homeschooling her. What she wanted to accomplish in the end (college or trade school) and what we could do realistically.

So we started by enrolling her in the local Community College. She got tested and tested in honors Math and English. That summer she took 2 classes, Sociology and English (her favorite subjects). She aced them.

In the fall she only wanted to take 1 Community College class (we used the summer classes and this course for Dual Credit). We selected a DVD based course with Great Courses, BUT that meant I had to give the assignments and test for the subject matter (a time when I BIT MORE than I could chew). That was a disaster and cost me many Saturday nights with little or no sleep while I created test and assignments for those 3 classes.

FIGURING OUT A GOOD FIT

It took me awhile to really evaluate what was doable for our family of 2 working parents and soon to be 2 homeschooling kids in Elementary and Middle School. I found that with me working outside the home I certainly did not want to piece together a curriculum. It would cost me too much of my limited time and would make it difficult for my husband to facilitate when I wasn't home.

I found that having 2 working parents, a boxed DVD curriculum that came with lesson plans, books, dvd and used me only as the facilitator worked best for me and the kids.

WILLINGNESS TO ADJUST

After the hard lesson of over doing it with flipping from one curriculum to the next, I learned to be willing to stop a downhill spiral a lot earlier. Looking back, I should've done this with my older daughter, but because I was unwilling to change direction, I gave up a lot of sleep to finish it.

NOTHING IS PERFECT

I had to realize that no curriculum is perfect - not even one I put together myself. But as long as I have the basis for a good and well rounded one, my kids will benefit.

HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED YOU HOMESCHOOLING METHOD TO FIT YOUR FAMILY

5 comments:

  1. Hi Nita. Thanks for stopping by my blog today so that I could come by and visit you. I work full-time, and homeschooling is nothing I would have considered. I found myself pulling our daughter out of school in the 7th grade last year. It was hard, very hard. We school on Mondays (my day off) and we school at night and weekends. It works for us. It's still a struggle getting my daughter to want to be schooled at home, but we are getting there! Praying your year goes well!

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  2. Thanks Barbie! It's so hard to find others that are working and doing this. It means very little time for anything else. But it is rewarding. Thanks for stopping by my humble blog :-D

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  3. You got this so perfect! I am the queen of biting off too much! I have to constantly remind myself to put the brakes on. I have to keep in mind that what my children would be getting in a public or private school is really just the minimum. If I can do even a little more with GOOD quality we are doing so much better. Simplicity is a goal for us this year!

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    1. Oh my goodness it's like holding in a caged lion I want to try so many things! I end up having to keep reminding myself not to go on curriculum tangents when what I have is working.

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  4. thanks for the inspiration to blog again. our blog is dead since we started to (attempt) homeschooling. you homeschooler mums and working at that are superwomen!

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