Confessions of a “New” homeschooling mom
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lindsey Clair and I am a happily married (12 years to my best friend) mother of three girls. I am about to embark on a journey and chapter in my life which greatly includes my children. What journey could it possibly be? You’ve guessed it, homeschooling! If you would have told me this a few years ago I would have laughed in your face but all this became real to me towards the beginning/middle of this last 2010-2011 school year. My oldest daughter just completed her final year at a local public school and has been there the past three years. It was a great experience and I have absolutely nothing negative to say about it but I just felt a tug towards home education and my girls seem to be on board the decision as well.
Sweet pea will be starting third grade (8), cupcake will be starting Kindergarten (5), and jelly bean well, (These are our daughters nicknames in case you are wondering, we aren’t weirdos, I promise lol) she’s our little 2 year old toddler so you get the idea where we are at with that stage of development. Yes, we are currently potty training and it has been a wonderful bed of roses. HA! Yeah in my dreams, right? No, it’s been a challenge but I am hoping, just hoping and believing she will be fully potty trained before the start of the school year. I guess this will be one of my major challenges as a home educator. I would rather not chase around a toddler but I am brain storming ideas throughout the day to keep jelly bean occupied all the while learning. Thankfully, being an early childhood educator this task will become easy, did I just say easy? Okay, it will again be a challenge but hey, they are only so little once I would hate to rush this stage of development. We will all just roll with the punches so to speak.
As a new homeschooling mom I can honestly say in the beginning I went through a brief, very brief, honeymoon phase. I was super excited and on top of the world knowing I would be my daughters teacher. But, then it hit me. Wait a minute! Can I really do this? Can I really teach my child at home? Apprehension started sinking my feelings of joy then eventually anxiety took over and then I just felt completely overwhelmed. What was I to do? With whom should I talk to? It was then I started researching high and low everything Michigan had to offer as far as homeschooling goes. I fortunately found a wonderful homeschool fellowship in Northville, Ward Homeschool Fellowship. It was there I was greeted very warmly and all my worries and fears were completely gone, well for that time being. Shortly after joining the group and joining on with HSLDA, I started realizing that it was all going to be okay. Why? Every homeschooling family is different and what may work for one may not work for the other. This statement completely helped me put things into perspective on what it actually means to”Home school.”
I am still a little apprehensive here and there because our journey begins the last week of August, (kind of a preview/practice week) and then full swing after Labor Day. I am only doing what I know I can do as far as schedules and keeping things in order. Sweet pea will be doing A Beka and cup cake will be doing a “Learn at Home“series by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I realize that these curriculums may not work for them and I may end up switching completely. I was told it will take some working with different ideas etc. until I fully know what will work for my children. I am totally fine with that. My main goal is to just stay relaxed and not get all stressed out about it. Breathe in, Breathe out!
What about you? Are you a new homeschooling mom? What feelings have you experienced? I would love to hear from you. Stick around on my new journey as a homeschooling mom. I am sure it will be quite a ride but I can’t wait to share withyou the things I have learned. If you are a seasoned homeschooling mom or dad, I would love to hear from you as well. Any advice is always valued, especially since I still have no clue how this is going to work for my family. Hey, sometimes it’s fun not knowing right? Surprises in life make life very interesting! Happy Homeschooling!
*I just wanted to say a big thank you to Christina for allowing me the opportunity to share my journey with all of you. I look forward to meeting new families and creating new friendships along the way!