Deciding to homeschool is a deeply personal choice, but if you have a chronic illness or serious medical condition that choice becomes a very complicated matter.
It’s the beginning of a new homeschool year for us and we’re already in the full swing of things.
Each new year, we start off slowly and really try to enjoy it. On the first day, we pull out all the school books and supplies and sit together taking in all the sights and smells of our new things. Come on now, you know you love the smell of new books, I sure do.
We try to enjoy our first week as much as possible and then proceed to do only a few subjects a day. By the second week, the kids are completing each subject and we continue to tweak our schedule.
As I prepare for a new homeschool year I’ve been thinking a lot about my life as a homeschool mom. I have two adult children now and two still in our homeschool.
As most Moms do from time to time, I’ve found myself reflecting back over the years, thinking about the fun things I did with my kids when they were little, the sweet memories that I’ll cherish forever, and the way they’ve grown and matured and then B-A-M! I get hit with all the things I think I’ve done wrong or all the ways I think I’ve failed them.
If you’ve been homeschooling for any length of time I would guess you’ve thought about quitting at some point. You may even be so burnt out right now that you can’t imagine how you’ll continue another day.
This is my guest post, originally shared on Busy Boys Brigade, which is now Rock Your Homeschool. I didn’t want any of my readers to miss this post so I’m making it available here. Be sure to visit Amy Milcic’s amazing blog Rock Your Homeschool.
When I began homeschooling 16 years ago I had idealistic expectations about how it would be. I planned everything in great detail and purchased all of our supplies for our first year. I was nervous but excited and I even memorized answers to every absurd question I would get from others about why I would want to homeschool. [Read more…]
Do you know what time of year it is? It’s the end of our school year!
Whoo hoo! This is definitely a time for celebration.
This is the end of my 16th year of homeschooling and quite frankly I’m feeling pretty good about it.
My kids are 21, 18, 15, and almost 9. My two older girls were homeschooled through graduation with the exception of my oldest who spent her Kindergarten year at public school.
I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned along the way. This is not an exhaustive list by any means but just a few things that might help if you’re just starting out or maybe you’ve been homeschooling for a long time and just need to be reminded. [Read more…]
Wow, it’s almost the end of another homeschool year for us. Where has the time gone?
I had intended to write throughout the year about homeschooling with chronic illness but here’s the reality, I was sick.
That’s the thing, when you’re homeschooling with a chronic illness you have to pick and choose what you can do each day.
We moved just as school was getting started and my “new” house began to make me very sick.
That’s a story for another time but the result was that I was extremely fatigued, my pain level went back up to a 10 and I began having a tough time just getting through my days. [Read more…]
Have you ever noticed that when school starts everyone’s excited but that it only lasts for a few days and then real life sets in.
It’s so easy to allow the day in and out of homeschooling stress you out especially when you have chronic illness.
It’s hard to plan and stay on track when you don’t know how you’ll feel each day.
My health is probably the best it’s been in 8 years and after graduating my two oldest daughters, I’ll only be homeschooling my youngest two.
My daughter is 15 and will be a Sophomore and little man is 8 and entering the 3rd grade.
This year should be a breeze right? After all, a few short years ago I was homeschooling four and very ill with chronic Lyme disease. [Read more…]