I am hoping that in the weeks to come we can explore questions posed by home educating mothers. If you are a home school parent, make sure and stop by on Tuesdays and leave your much needed thoughts. No answer is wrong, as long as it is courteous and kind. Let's put our collective experience together and provide insightful answers.
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Recently I bumped into Sharon online and had she presented the following dilemma:
The last few days I have been thinking about sending my son (6 yrs) to public school for 1st grade, next year. We are kinda working on 1st grade material now but very inconsistently. To be very honest with you.. I have not been good at all about homeschooling on a regular basis. I pray all the time for God to help me organize my thoughts and life so I can home school better. I am also not the most disciplined person and it sure shows in our home school. I am feeling a little overwhelmed with my 6 year old who complains about 'school' so much that I avoid it, my 4 year old who has some behavior and emotional issues, and my two year old... well, he's 2 ~ enough said. But I am also pregnant with our fourth child who is due Sept 9th. I just don't think I have it in me to care for all that I already have and homeschool better than I am right now, while operating in a sleep deprived state. I feel like such a chicken saying that because it was our choice to have the children, why pass then off to someone else? They are my responsibility. We live in a great neighborhood with a great school district. I am thinking we would send him to school for one year (or less even). Just enough to get me past the initial hump of a newborn and learning to live with MORE laundry and more kids etc. His attitude about school work is terrible and this way he will sure get a taste of what other kids do at school. I am hoping he will appreciate being home after his experience. Really, I am just exhausted right now (of course I am pregnant). But I can't imagine it will be much different after the baby comes. Are there any homeschoolers out there who don't think it is such a bad thing to send a child to school, short term?
So, what are your thoughts? In order to best help Sharon, please consider these specific points.
- Sharon is feeling overwhelmed because her son complains about school.
- She feels she lacks discipline and is not organized.
- She is unsure how realistic it is to improve the scenario given her current circumstances.
- She feels guilty "passing the teaching off to someone else."
- Bottom line: What are her alternatives?
I look forward to hearing your input. *Of course on a day that I am trying to get a lot of input on a specific issue my Wordpress comment program - Intense Debate quit working. This has never happened before. Please know that I didn't delete any of your comments. Hopefully Wordpress will get this fixed and all of the comments will return. I am sorry and thanks for taking the time to respond.
Sharon writes here:
Savannah McQueen is the author of Hammock Tracks which includes Savannah's Savory Bites - dedicated to recipes and cooking with simple ingredients, Hammock Track Tales - a photographic journal of our life on the hammock, and Hammock Home School - includes editorials, book reviews, and educational link posts. You can follow Savannah on Twitter and Facebook.
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