I’m excited that just like last year, iHomeschool Network is hosting their 10 in 10 series starting now through the next 10 weeks. As a member at iHN, I’ll be participating, and it will also mean some new faces in the link up for Top Ten Tuesday as well. Fun!
Don’t worry, non-homeschoolers, only a few of the weeks have topics that are specifically about homeschooling. But, this week happens to be one of them. I’m sharing some things that I’ve learned about myself while homeschooling.
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10 Things I’ve Learned about Myself While Homeschooling
1. I genuinely enjoy being with my kids. They’re just generally these really great kids that I find myself connecting with in a whole new way as they get older. They make me laugh, make me think, and make me grow.
2. I need alone time. As much as I love being with my kids, I definitely need to find some time to be alone each week. I’m an extrovert but I thrive on having some time all to myself. Thankfully, Eric is a good guy and he makes sure that I get that time.
3. I’m a poor manager of my time. I don’t remember being quite this bad with time management before we started homeschooling. But, I would venture a guess that even if the kids were in school now, I’d have some of the same problems. The online nature of our society sure makes it easy to be distracted.
4. I sometimes lack patience when explaining the same concept over and over or if someone can’t figure out a very easy question. I didn’t, generally, struggle in school. Things came pretty easily for me. I think this is one reason that I sometimes find myself at a loss on my fourth or fifth time explaining the same thing.
5. My degree in elementary education doesn’t really help for homeschooling. It may have helped when I was teaching school, although, I have to be honest and say that I don’t even think it prepared me well for that. But, I can tell you that I’m certain it actually hinders me while homeschooling because I have a hard time thinking outside of the traditional education box.
6. My degree in special education might be a little more helpful. While this makes sense with having a child with special needs, I think it helps more because in special ed, you need to be able to be a little more creative in meeting the students’ needs sometimes.
7. If I don’t write up our plans ahead of time, I’m going to be in a bad mood. I feel frazzled and in a bad mood, it makes the kids in a less than stellar mood, and then I get in an even worse mood. When everything is planned ahead of time, we just feel more put together.
8. I get a twinge of satisfaction walking out of a school with my kids in tow. Since we used to do some therapies at my boys’ old school (Molly never went there), we found ourselves frequently visiting the school. Almost every single time we walked out after therapy, I loved being able to just walk right back out of there with them.
9. Homeschooling high school terrifies me. Next year at this time, I really need to have a plan in place for what we’ll be using for high school. I have no clue right now, and I’m beginning to be obsessive in my searching for a solution.
10. As much as I was focused on grades and scores when I was in school, I don’t care about them for my kids. I prided myself on my good grades throughout my school career. I still do it, because I realized while writing this that I was dying to tell you all about my high standardized test scores and my 4.0 graduation GPA in graduate school. It probably should not be a shock that my priest once told me in confession that it sounded like a lot of the things I was confessing had to do with pride.
Maybe it’s because it’s not about me, but we don’t even mess with grades in our homeschool. The only time the kids see grades are in math (because we use Teaching Textbooks) and spelling. Go figure!
What have you learned something about yourself that surprised you from an experience that you’ve had?
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