Some of y’all have asked how the homeschooling-thing is going.
And, since I’ve got a whole three whole months under my belt, I thought I’d give a quick update.
The truth is, it’s going great. Really great.
I am honestly surprised at how much Asher is enjoying homeschooling. But even more, I am surprised how much I am enjoying homeschooling.
Because, you see, it was me I was most worried about. I just didn’t think I could do it. At least not well.
In the past, I’ve homeschooled several of my kiddos for various and sundry reasons. Victoria when she was in the 3rd grade. Zach when he was in the 4th. And, well… it was exhausting. And frustrating. For everyone involved. I just put way too much pressure on myself, and my unfortunate pupils. We limped through the end of those two years, hoping to never crack another book.
So I was hesitant to even consider homeschooling Asher. I know he’s pretty bright and wouldn’t require a lot of effort to teach the basics. But still.
Eventually, homeschooling became the only option for Asher. So I decided to try to learn from my mistakes and ease up this time. Even if it meant *gasp* not finishing everything on time.
He still has to get up at 5:30 – that would just be not fair for him to sleep in – and has breakfast with his brothers and sisters. Then, once the kiddos get on the bus, he gets to work. Usually alongside me while I have my quiet time. Most of the curriculum we chose is self-led, and he’s been doing a fantastic job to just get it done on his own. I have noticed that he gets a lot more done of the subjects he loves (math!) and a lot less of those he doesn’t love so much (writing), but that’s okay for now.
He’s also had a chance to do a lot of cooking. And grocery shopping. Going to the library. Reading his Bible. Asking big questions. Helping with barn work. Pitching in with the littles. Real life stuff that, I think, is going to make him into a better husband and father one day. I can’t say that homeschooling is the best decision for all kids, or even for all of my kids. And, of course, there’s no telling what the future holds. But for Asher, for now, it’s absolutely the best decision. He’s got his smile back. And I am one happy mama.
For once, I’m so glad I was wrong. Thanks to everyone who offered advice and encouragement when we were getting started. It’s been a huge blessing to us.