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It has been our fourth year of homeschooling our sons. I feel really grateful for all of the things have happened in our journey homeschooling our sons. Everything doesn’t always run well. There are some great and awful things happen. Four years are not a long time, but we have already got some happy and sad experience in our homeschool. They enrich us to make some changes.
When we throw back into the first time we decided to homeschool, our homeschool has changed. Here are some changes I can observe.
The first time we homeschool we have a certain time for starting the lesson. It was just like formal school. I listen too much to what others said. We started at 7.30 AM and finished at 12:00AM. We had break time for 20 minutes like it was in the public school.
It is now getting more chaos. I mean we don’t start and finish as punctual as it was. The schooling time is based on the target of the day. We normally start at 8.30AM now. Kids start practicing their musical instruments at 7.30AM before they prepare themselves for the lessons. No more exact finish time anymore. It has been very frustrating asking the boys to finish in a certain time. They sometimes change their schedule in the evening, especially my second child. I find that he concentrates better in the afternoon or evening. He can finish things much faster when has finished spending it on the days.
More Customized Lessons
I remember that I had to be like a public school teacher teaching both of them in front of the whiteboard. I forgot that I was teaching multiple age children.
After 4 years process, you might see that the lessons are more individually customized. None of them have the same lessons or subjects at the same time and at the same place. Even when the youngest son joins us, he also has different things to do. I really think like a large family homeschooling. I have changed my mindset that parents are the main resource or teacher. By letting children do things on their path, I know them better so that I can help them accommodating their needs based on their speed.
Independence in Learning
In the early homeschooling, I had 2 elementary children with me. I sat down next to them all of the time. The planner was only one, which was mine. At the moment, each of them has their own planner to control their own work. Of course I still supervise them controlling their study. I still cannot let them go without any supervision.
We decided to do with the notebooking and lapbooking activities. After getting them used to the basic of narration in notebooking activities , now I can feel how it has given us a lot of benefits. They can do most notebooking activities by themselves. It might be because they are growing into teens. They have been in their logical stage. I just need to sit around to make sure they are working. Even I am working while they are working too. I will help them whenever I need to do so.
We didn’t have any classroom in the beginning. It was very distracting and frustrating a lot. However, it didn’t discourage us to stop homeschooling. Many homeschoolers say that the world is the classroom and the people are the teachers.
Over this 4 years, I have been trying hard to be a more patient homeschooling mom. I started homeschooling without as great patience as you might have thought. I don’t hate the public schools. We just thought we wanted to homeshool them for the better options they will have about their education. I have never thought about the high patience requirement that a homeschooling mom need to have. Therefore, I was very shocked about the reality of homeschooling at the first time.
During this 4 years, I have learned a lot from my children. They have trained me a lot to be more patient. Although I am not a successful product in controlling emotion, I believe that the emotional part of me has been reduced a lot. Thank you my sons.
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