Well, I can honestly say that our “homeschooling” area has been established and cabinets have been stocked. I am ready to start homeschooling, I think! HA! Well, after attending the “New Homeschoolers” support meeting at Ward Church this past Monday evening a lot of my questions were answered and fears were put to ease. Thanks goodness I am not the only one feeling like I am standing out on a limb heading into this.
One of the biggest topics of the night, and you’ve probably guess it by now, was “SCHEDULES.” One of the main questions I heard asked was;” How is a typical homeschool day usually run?” After quite a few chuckles the answer was simply this: “You have to go with what you’re comfortable with.” There is no right or wrong way of doing it as long as you are educating your children properly and daily.” Some seasoned parents expressed that they “didn’t have any schedules and just went with the flow during the day.” Now, as a major scheduler this will not work for me. I must have a schedule and routine. Other parents in the same boat as myself expressed that they “did have a time when they did what and when.” But, and this is a BIG but….”don’t stress or freak out if you don’t get through everything in one day.” “Only you know your child the best, try to work around what they are comfortable with too.” “With this in mind you may have a happier child and a child who is willing to learn instead of them feeling pressured here and there.”
Wow, okay, so let’s just say after all of this information I came home and changed around my schedule a little bit. Let me just say it was pretty intense and very, very structured. Maybe too much. I don’t want this to become a negative experience that is for sure. And who knows, I may end up changing my schedules a hundred times before the year is out. It’s always good to try things out though right?
As a homeschooling parent, whether new or seasoned, what do you think about homeschooling schedules and what does your “schedule” look like? I most definitely would love to see the differences or the similarities of your schedules. Please feel free to share with us.