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2015-2016 was our fifth year of homeschooling. There have been a lot of changes in our homeschooling. From a lot of situations also, I have learned so much about homeschooling my children. I have got so many Lessons from Homeschool Children. This list will certainly grow from time to time. Here are what I learn after 5 years homeschooling.
Lessons from Homeschool Children
Competition with The Time
There are a lot of time when I think about waiting for the graduation day. It sounds silly, but that is a thought when I am desperate with children. However, the time is running and flying very fast without I am aware of it. 5 years of homeschooling is not a long time and it just turn up in front of me right now. Therefore, a great lesson I have been learning is:
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I am sure that many veteran homeschooling moms miss the olden days when they were still homeschooling their children. I don't want to lose the moments. They sound awful, but we would laugh at them one day.
Treating The Unique Children
There have been a lot of times when the children really test my patience since I am not a patient mom. One great message I keep in my mind about the children as the gift from God. They are created with their unique characteristics. [Tweet “Children don't belong to me at all, but they belong to God. #ihsnet”] Therefore, I need to respect and value them as the creation of God for whatever they are. It doesn't mean that I have to follow everything they want so that they will be spoilt, but I need to provide them with spiritual, character, and academic education. As a parent, I have a duty from God to prepare their future in life, but God has the full authority toward them.
Since each child is unique, I need to help them in a unique way. They might have the same learning resources, but I try my best to know their learning style so that the same resources are customized according to their uniqueness. Well, I can say that I try to be their servant in educative ways.
Teaching Multiple Aged Children
I had never imagined that I would teach children from 3 different levels daily before I started homeschooling. It isn't something magical, but it turns up in some steps. Imagining what happens in the public schools when teachers have to teach more than one grade levels at the same time, I feel teaching multiple-aged children are scary. However, it is not that scary anymore after I have been doing it for a couple of years.
Well, I am still not that good at managing the time, but I am trying hard to understand my children's learning styles and their interest. I am sure that the time management should be better and better since I feel that I have got some improvement so far.
Managing The Curriculum
The homeschooling curriculum matters are very tricky for me. We are Indonesian and we live in Indonesia. We don't have any plan to leave Indonesia yet, so we have to get some education certification here. Although certification is not the main goal of education, we cannot avoid the fact that certificate still plays important roles in the future work life when everything can happen. Therefore, whether we agree or disagree with the exams, we have to do it. As a result, we cannot avoid covering some Indonesian curriculum in our homeschooling although actually, I don't really like for the force. Can you imagine how we mix the curriculum here and there?
For the last five years, I have tried my best to combine the curriculum of our children and customize it based on their needs. It is such a hard work, but I have been used to. I am very lucky to have tried some electronic homeschooling planners
Managing The Budget
Managing the money is a part of lessons from homeschool children. For this 5 years of homeschooling, I have turned myself into a working at home mom. However, the income I have made is not as high as it was before since I cannot concentrate well in working and teaching my three sons. I can say that my husband has been the single income source for our daily life. Therefore, I try hard to manage the homeschooling and homemaking budget harder.
- I need to be pickier in the curriculum we choose. We change the curriculum often, but I depend a lot on my blogging income as it is more achievable for me.
- To manage the tight budget, I try to give some understanding and teach some frugal life to children.
- Some curriculum that I need to purchase has passed quite selective consideration by priorities.
- Do some research and consultation with other homeschoolers to get curriculum and equipment in frugal ways
Facing The Negative Issues
There are a lot of negative issues about homeschooling everywhere in the world. That is something normal. In the past, I would like to try to explain to people or being cynical toward the issue, but at the moment
- I will stay calm when I hear the negative issue without showing emotion. I just think that it is useless to get angry to hear the issues. Let's just think it with the cool head.
- I will not explain to people who only just ask for put us down. That is going to be useless to explain people that basically want to have some debate. The explanation should go to the right persons.
- I will have some discussion with other homeschoolers to think more about the negative issues and how relevant they are.
Preparing for The Exams
Thank God that my 2 elder sons have already passed the first standardization exam. It is the first national exam the had for academic standardization. There are a lot of challenges I have faced during the registration, preparation, realization, and post exam. Here are some things I learn from the Indonesian standardized exams:
- Don't underestimate the first level of exam. We have 3 levels of exams. The first one is similar to the elementary aged exam, the junior high aged exam (Gr. 7-9), and the high school exam (Gr. 10-12). Once we start the elementary standardized exam, all of the other exams will be late too.
- Register as early as possible so we can have some more time for revision or amendment if there is anything wrong.
- It is useless to learn from the textbooks. It is better to get some summary books in the bookstores. Otherwise, your children will be bored and exhausted in studying
- Practice answering the test specimens as many times as you can and build a system with your children about the exam preparation. It includes the answering procedures and the time allowance.
- When your children are not ready to behave in the exams, you can train them step by step during the preparation time. It includes how they behave in the exam room. Remember, many homeschooling children never attend any class.
- Arrange the transportation, meal consumption, and accommodation you are going to take during the exam period.
- Pray together with children in all steps of preparation, realization, until the end of any administrative matters.
I am not sure about what kind of exam you have in your countries, but there should be some similar preparation points we have.
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