Thanks for joining me today for the blogging A to Z challenge as I share my life as a working homeschool mom and blog my way through the alphabet. Visit my series landing page for all of the posts in this series.
A – ANXIETY
I experienced a lot of anxiety when I first began homeschooling my son last year. I mean, who works 40 hours a week outside the home and schools an 7th grader? I thought for sure I had lost my mind, but having homeschooled my older son a few years earlier while he was finishing high school with the help of a friend, I was sure I could do it (well, I wasn’t sure, but I really didn’t have a choice.).
I worried and felt anxious about a lot of things:
Would my son learn anything?
Would I be able to afford curriculum?
Would he become a hermit and not want to socialize with others?
Would I have time for anything else in my life?
And the list went on.
I’ve learned over the last two years that bringing my son into the home was the best choice for him. As a auditory/visual learner, he doesn’t learn well by simply reading a textbook and taking tests. So although I had much anxiety about learning a new approach, he had more anxiety about trying to comprehend the last 40 pages of black and white text he just read.
In order to keep myself sane and free of anxiety, I’ve learned to go at my own pace, to choose curriculum that works well for my son, and allow everything else to fall by the way side. For instance, last year, when my son was in the 7th grade, we did minimal history. We didn’t read any large and seemingly overwhelming text books. We watched American History played out with Drive Thru History. We did crosswords puzzles pertaining to history and other downloadable worksheets. And you know what, he learned! There are things we still need to work on but that’s okay.
This year, although only my second year homeschooling, I am much more comfortable choosing curriculum and resources that interest my son, and less worried about how he will keep up with his peers. Video based curriculum has been a God-send, as it allows him to work independently while I am at work during the day.
I still have days where I get anxious, mostly because it’s hard to keep it all in balance. But you’ll have to come back next week to read about how I attempt to tackle it all.
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