Not in my wildest dreams did I EVER imagine myself as a homeschool mum.
In fact, quite the opposite was true. This time last year, I was relishing my new-found freedom. For the first time in 15 years all four kids were in full-time school.
I was home alone (by myself!) for 6 blissful hours. Six hours!
On my Own.
Can you tell the concept of being alone had been obliterated from my reality?
But I side-track…
Truth is, I gave up the 6 blissful hours to jump onto the homeschool bandwagon.
We’re in our fourth month of homeschooling and I’m amazed (quite chuffed actually!) at how well it’s going. We’re still tweaking things here and there, but we’ve settled into a routine.
When we first started this journey, I was plagued with self doubt. I was afraid I would fail to teach “enough.” The real challenge has been keeping myself in check so I don’t try to teach too much.
Discovering the plethora of resources freely available on the internet has been an unexpected surprise.
I was really naive.
I didn’t know the concept of homeschooling has taken families by storm; not quite the abstract concept I had imagined it to be!
I mean… there’s curricula designed specifically for homeschoolers! Who knew?
Four months into it, I am still in awe of the resources available to me, literally at my fingertips. I’ve started following several homeschool blogs and some of them (ok, a lot of them) put me to shame!
It’s been difficult to resist incorporating all the wonderful ideas posted on the internet. I have to remind myself to slow down; because it doesn’t take much before I start to feel overwhelmed.
As our family continues on this journey, I suspect I will be learning right along beside my children.
I told myself (and the kids) that we’d try this “homeschooling” thing out for a year. We’d see how it goes…
But I can tell already that the three of us are hooked :)
Does your family homeschool? I’d love to hear your stories.