Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Changing Course, Even When You're On the Right Track

Do you ever feel like your on the right course, headed in the right direction, but for some reason there is something not right?  That's how I've felt since the beginning of the school year.  With a lot of prayer, and a step of faith, I changed a bunch of curriculums this year.  I knew I was doing what God wanted me to, and was so excited to see where He would be taking us.  But along the way I feel like I've had some bumps in the road.

I could never have imagined how hard it would be to complete a homeschool day with a 2 year old and an infant.  It's proving much harder than I imagined.  At some point in the last 4-6 weeks I wondered why I felt like I "had" to do school in the am.  After all, isn't flexibility one of the benefits of homeschooling?  So, for a couple of weeks we tried working in the afternoon when the 2 little ones were sleeping.  That went much smoother but, because of ear infections, etc. I was in desperate need of some cat naps, so we fell back into our old ways. 

More recently, I have one daughter that (I feel) is falling behind.  She's always been a slower learner. (ex: she didn't talk until she was 3)  But I feel like I am unable to give her the extra attention she really needs to catch up.  The other children need my guidance and the two youngest are just too young to take care of themselves.  So, I've really been wondering how to get back on track. 

I've decided to work with the older 2 girls in the am which frees up my 6 year old to play with the 2 year old.  Then in the afternoon when the 2 little ones are sleeping (hopefully they sleep), I'll work with her.  I'm going to give it a couple weeks and see how it works. 

If anyone else does alternate schedules, or something else works for you, I'd love to hear suggestions.


FairyLover said...

When my daughter had her last baby she ended up putting the older ones in school for a while until she could get back on track. Now she is using the same program that I use with my 8 year old and it is working a lot better. Time4Learning is an online program so the older kids can do a lot of it by themselves. Little ones still need help though. My son has no attention span but it works great for him. It might help your daughter caught up.

Leslie said...

home schooling is a hard job!! I've never done it.. with the tuition hikes Ive thought about it, but I don't think that I'd be very structured.
Happy Halloween

Rebecca said...

You are an amazing woman. I don't know how you do what you do (well I have an idea) but still!! I don't homeschool and yet I still can't find time for things you do. Wishing you and yours (the whole gang) a Happy New Year! Gotta believe 2011 will be the best yet!!
Thinking of you

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