finished 11 subjects today in school!”
on his list, but we ran out of time for a few of the subjects on Emma’s list,
so that is a bummer.”
you think you are trying to do too much.”
hour and a half long!”
actually just happened this week. I knew
that we had a great school day, the kids were attentive, they did everything
that I asked them to do, they had positive attitudes, but when dinnertime
rolled around, we had not finished everything that I wanted to do for the day,
and I was disappointed.
really all moms I believe), to think that we are not doing enough with our
in every subject. You are concerned when
you don’t hit on everything every day, or you are worried that they aren’t
keeping up with their peers in public school.
The comparison begins to seep in, and you wonder if you are doing
want your child to have gaps in their education.
gaps. There is no possible way that you
can teach your child every.single.thing.
Yet, time and time again, you feel disappointed when you don’t get to
every single science experiment, or the math lesson was only half done, or
perhaps the reading has slowed down. Or
maybe that one project your child started is incredibly slow moving, and you
have a new theme you want to start. Or perhaps it is another interruptions with a younger child or a pet? Don’t ask me how I know about that last one…
to fall into this trap. To think that
there are gaps which should be filled in by you the parent and teacher of your
perhaps I am also telling myself!).
a bit overwhelming. I am a member of
several homeschool support groups and there is a lot of conversation about not
getting to do all.the.things.
have you been able to accomplish? More
often than not it is a very long list of items, not only “school subjects” but
also life skills that you are teaching your kids. You are giving them a frame of reference when
it comes to learning – that it is all encompassing. That it concerns every part of life, not just
the subjects of traditional school.
will be gaps in your child’s education.
in their education. There isn’t a public
school, private school, or homeschool that will be able to teach every bit of
everything to your child. You know
what? That is OK! It is OK for your child to have gaps. Do you know why?
causes the student to seek out the information that she needs when she needs
children a love of learning; a desire to seek out the knowledge that they need
in all the different areas of their life.
You want your child to learn everything that they need to learn. They need to learn how to discover,
investigate, and research so that when they are older and find something that
interests them, they have the tools to learn more.
information they need and want for their life stage then you are doing a
service for them. You are giving them
the tools they need to make decisions for themselves in the future – decisions about
what is important in their own lives, and what they need to know for their
Now, of course we want our children to learn a great many
things, and there are so many wonderful experiences that we can share with our
kids. Don’t get into the habit of thinking that because you missed that one
item, or several items, that it isn’t enough.
That is self-defeating, and does no good for anyone involved.
become more stressed while you are teaching your kids. Every interruption, instead of being taken
with grace, will become a huge sore spot on your day. When you get stressed out, your kids will get
stressed out, and even less work will be finished.
is for me. I like to check off boxes,
and perhaps you do as well. But, instead
of being discouraged when all the boxes are not checked off for the day,
perhaps just start there the next morning, continue working through what you
planned to work through, but the next morning.
Eventually you will come to a place when you plan out your week that you
will not have quite so many boxes to check off daily.
start our homeschooling in full force.
struggle with feeling as though you aren’t doing enough in your
homeschool? How do you let go of those
comparisons and move forward in your day?