Thought I’d post a few of the questions that come my way.
Q. I could never homeschool my child—how do you do it?
A. I can’t homeschool either. But I can be a mom to my chiluns and we enjoy learning together. And (shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone) everyday provides plenty of opportunity to learn. Yesterday a few of the things we did was read three books on tornados and watched the 700 Club and discussed the political race. Thankfully, Jay is taking math over for me…the one thing I DON’T like doing. That one was easy!
Q. Do I have to buy a curriculum?
A. Only if you want to be on a speedy track to burnout and wish to entertain thoughts of shipping off to the funny farm. Curriculums are a “one size fits all” approach and your child is a “one size fits ME” child. Caveat- if you wish to replicate SCHOOL in your home, feel free to indulge. I’ve found though that a life full of good books, a microscope and real life interactions provides plenty of educational opportunity.
Q. Must I begin baking my own bread?
A. This question is a little tricky. Are you going to use a bread machine or knead it by hand? Grind your own wheat or use store bought flour? And where to you buy your supplies? A co op or Wal Mart? It’s a minefield of decisions!
No Siree. This is a conundrum….you must search your own heart for this answer. For the record, I buy whole wheat bread but make my own pizza dough with white flour….where does that leave me?
Q. Do I have to grow my hair long and wear a denim jumper?
A. Only if you want too. Chaco sandals optional. I personally keep my hair short, that way when I’m tearing it out, the bald spots aren’t as noticeable.
Q. What if I feel like I’m losing my mind somedays?
A. Invite your friends over for a party. You can search together.
Q. What about options for my ADD/ADHD’er?
A. You may wish to try medications. (For you that is.) Seriously. This question requires more of an answer but since I’m being silly you’ll just have to hang in suspense.
Q. But I’m not qualified to teach my child!
A. Did you teach your little darling how to use a fork? Walk? Talk? Get dressed? Sing the alphabet song? And how about you? How did YOU learn how to use the internet? (Chances are your motivation led you to learn on your own.) You’re qualified, Dear.
So many questions….so little time! And I’ll let you in on a well-kept secret: There is NO SUCH THING as the perfect homeschool mom.
We women can be a difficult lot. When we’re not wondering if someone’s butt is as big as our own we can get thoroughly discouraged comparing ourselves to other moms. Don’t fall into this trap.
Bake your bread—or don’t. Educate in the morning…or afternoon. Or on Saturdays, if that’s what works for your family. Blue jeans or blue jean jumper.
Celebrate the uniqueness that God has place in you and your children.