We tried to start homeschool last Wednesday when the public schools started. Disaster.
Shane was ready to put Caleb back in public school because I’m sure I scared him. I had convinced myself, for a brief moment, that I couldn’t do it. And I sorta kinda lost my marbles for a brief moment.
But then I chatted with a friend, really thought about what it meant to send him back to public school, had a glass of wine and then a milk chocolate with almonds Hagen-Daaz ice cream bar.
I wrote this post that night. It’s actually a message to myself and I will reread it the next time I quit homeschool.
There are a few things I’ve come up with this year that I’m hoping will help things go more smoothly.
- Reach out more to my homeschooling friends to help me keep my expectations realistic. Caleb will likely never outgrow whining and complaining about doing work he doesn’t enjoy. And that makes him normal.
- Lego bucks. Caleb will earn 1 lego buck for each day of school that he completes his work (without too much whining and complaining). I added his initials on this one to personalize it. You can download a sheet of six Lego Bucks here. Right click on the image to save or print.
- Fridays are reserved for field trips and “unschooling” activities.
- Time schedules. This one is hard with a baby so we are easing into this with just a start and finish time. 9am to 1pm.
- School outside whenever possible.
I was reading a history story and mid sentence a squirrel runs by us. Caleb jumps up and chases after him. And I thought how awesome is that?! I really do love homeschool. We get to make up our own rules and the kid’s interests, instincts and personalities get to factor into our rules.
Rule #17: If you see a squirrel, chase it. Even if we’re in the middle of a lesson. Seize the moment!