Today, I’m asking you, the wonderful readers of The Homeschool Classroom, a question that has really vexed me for a while now:
What do you do when homeschooling doesn’t look like you imagined it would look?
This isn’t to say that I need our schooling to look just like I imagined it would be when I was in those months of discernment and planing while my oldest children were still in public school. I just often find myself thinking that it feels like sometimes, we’re just going through the motions. The things that I wanted to really be important seem to take a backseat to the things that I think need to be done.
I’m not sure if it’s from having been in public school from kindergarten through 12th grade, if it’s my seven years of education courses in college (or those two degrees that came along with that), or maybe it’s just how I’m naturally bent. Any way around it, I find that no matter what I may have as ideals, I still push math as something that must be done every day and art as something that we manage to cover a couple of times in a semester. Identifying nouns and verbs take over time that could be sometimes used for reading poetry.
I had dreams of a beautiful and rich liberal arts education. Instead, I feel like we go through the motions of workbooks and assignment sheets.
I read books like Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning, A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion, A Charlotte Mason Education, and Real Learning: Education in the Heart of Home. I get excited. I highlight. I plan. I imagine how something could change our schooling.
Then, I fall back on the same approach we have used all along. I never even attempt to make the changes.
So, here this is — my very real post about homeschooling. And now, I need your help. Leave me comments. Give me advice. Inspire me to figure out how to make changes or to just embrace that I’m bent a certain way and that’s how it’s just going to be.
Thanks so much! I’ll be anxiously awaiting your responses!
Angie writes about faith, family, and household management at Many Little Blessings. She is also the founder of The Homeschool Classroom, Catholic Mothers Online, and Connections Network (a blogger networking forum). She shares her art at Just a Tiny Owl.
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