Well, I think most of us remember the Friends episode where Ross is trying
to move the couch up the stairs. “Pivot! Pivot! PIVOT!”
do you go about giving yourself permission to actually make that pivot.
order to take your business in a new direction, you may need to pivot. However, I think this definitely lines up
with life as well. In fact, I recently
heard a wonderful podcast over at Sorta Awesome Show about the pivots the hosts have made in their lives.
the middle of the homeschool year.
We all start out with so many plans at the beginning of the year. We want to have everything work out, it
should, we planned for it, but then something unexpected happens, or your plans
were not specific enough, or perhaps they were too specific and there is no
room for flexibility within those plans without derailing the entire system.
work cut out for me. This is the first
year that I am homeschooling two children *officially* and would need to
provide portfolios for both of them.
Since I have essentially been homeschooling Emma since the age of 2, and
from birth for Jack, I felt like I had a handle on things. However, I was either overconfident in my
abilities, or forgot to take into account the fact that I also have a three
year old. Needless to say that our fall
was very full and not as relaxed as I hoped homeschooling would be for my two
because I think I can read faster than humanly possible, or because I was
trying to do two completely different curricula for every single subject with
two kids that still need a lot of assistance with their schooling. Or perhaps it was all of the above.
complete what you have set out to? It is
part of the reason we school all year – I feel like there is some flexibility with
when I can complete things, rather than thinking it all needs to be done between
August and May.
out. I knew that things weren’t working
well back in October, but I kept pushing through because I didn’t have time to research
and then make a pivot right in the middle of the first term. I also thought that I would be able to make
it work with little shifts, but by the time our break came at Thanksgiving, we all
needed a break.
difficult to give yourself permission to pivot.
into researching and planning each child’s homeschool year. Every child is different, every pace is
different, every curriculum choice could be different. That makes for an interesting planning
to make sure that they are learning and getting the most out of everything, but
then the problem arises and you aren’t sure what to do next.
am giving you permission to pivot.
stressful year, which is not what anyone needs nor deserves.
working, perhaps it is the schedule you are using, perhaps you are trying to do
too much and you need to drop some things.
Perhaps you are trying to multi-task too much, and you need to focus
more on single-tasking.
break. I knew that what we were doing
was not sustainable.
oldest kids, all while trying to wrangle a newly turned 3 year old. On the surface it may not seem too much of a
big deal. They are in two different
grades, so they already have separate math and language arts, they are reading
different books. But, then I also had
different history with them. While Emma
is in the 2nd year of U.S. History, Jack was in the 2nd year
of World History. It was definitely not
working to jump between two history timelines.
based curriculum, and that means a lot of reading. To do two cores at once is an incredible
amount of reading, and it wasn’t getting done.
continuing with Emma. The issue,
however, is the difference in abilities.
Emma is too old to drop down to the core we were using with Jack (also
she completed that core 3 years ago), and Jack is a little too young to be
keeping up with everything in Emma’s cores going forward.
of years are going to look like. Knowing
that Emma is going to continue into middle school levels next year was slightly
concerning me, considering Jack is a young 2nd grader.
job with both of them. That is the
challenge, isn’t it? Always second
guessing yourself? Perhaps when I have
graduated one child I won’t continue to do that, but here, and now, yes, I am
constantly second guessing myself and my choices.
freedom. It allows you to take a deep
breath and know that it is all going to be OK, you are doing a good job.
are homeschooling. We aren’t necessarily
trying to “keep up” with public school, but we want to make sure we include
everything we possibly can so that we feel good about our decisions to
homeschool. That fact alone means you
are doing a good job. Yes, you may not
finish every single book you set out to read this year, or your child may not
like something they are doing, but the fact that you are looking at every
possible scenario to make sure what you are doing works for your specific child
is a good thing.
whether it be through homeschool, public school, charter school, private school
– the issue is not the school, it is the parents. When the parents are involved, the child does
better. That doesn’t mean that your child
is going to be a math genius, but it could mean that they are going to be a
math genius. It is all about the involvement
of the parent.
exciting, and it can be difficult as well.
You spent money on the curriculum, and to instead box it up and not use
it can be a huge heartache – and wallet-ache.
Perhaps you have spent all the money you could on homeschool materials,
and you can’t make any new purchases.
What can you use instead?
The first place I would go is your local library, there are
so many awesome books available, and you can find anything on any child’s level
at the library. Another amazing resource
is YouTube – the amount of educational channels available for science, history,
math, really any subject is astounding.
Perhaps, like me, you start to bring your younger child up to what you
are doing with your older child.
I know Jack is capable of listening to, he does listen. Next year will be a little different, but I
am really only focused on this year.
child’s level, and we fit everything else in around that. Is every day perfect? Absolutely not, but we are moving forward.
yourself into thinking that you are failing.
You are most definitely not failing, you are thriving, and knowing that
you need to make a change, and having the courage to do that is the best way to
is your school year going? Have you
needed to make a pivot this year, or in years past? Please share about your experience below!