Homeschooling starts for us in just a few, short weeks and two things are happening. Firstly, I am thrilled, and actually getting impatient. I want to get started so I can see how this is all actually going to function instead of just reading and wondering…and worrying about it.
Secondly, I am getting anxious about maintaining the house. I know that the advice at large is “Don’t worry about the house. It doesn’t matter as much as the kids” and I see the value in that. I, however, don’t work well in clutter. I get frazzled and frustrated when things aren’t relatively clean. I know that my standards will have to relax, but I’ve just gotten into my own place. I’ve just gained control over how my living space looks and is kept. I’m not ready to let go!
I guess there is a third concern that I’m not sure how to handle. Tyke 2 is almost 2 years old now and he is becoming a bit of a handful. He throws fits, makes noise almost constantly and clings to his brother. This will certainly make school time difficult.
If I do one thing well-it’s worry. Here’s to 4 more weeks of that.
On a positive note, I got to have an enlightening conversation with Tyke 1 yesterday. In an effort to ease the transition to schooling at home, I started getting the boys on “school time” in the mornings. I figured I’d do this for a while, until it felt natural and then add the afternoon structure so that the schedule won’t be a shock. It went well.
6 a.m. I got up, exercised, posted a blog and just had some quiet time alone.
7 a.m. Tyke 1 was up but played quietly in his room until Tyke 2 got up at 7:30 when my husband left for work.
This was wake up time. We tend to wake up slowly, so I let Tyke 1 play, watch tv, eat, etc. until…
8:30. I put Tyke 2 in the tub while Tyke 1 cleaned up his room. Then it was Tyke 1’s turn to take a bath. Then we all got dressed.
9:15 We read a story Tyke 1 chose. It was a simple Disney book for kids, but we managed to find 4 words he wasn’t familiar with, listed them on the dry erase board and spent some time
discussing them and looking up information, including finding out some basic info on the Amazon Jungle mentioned in the book.
After this, we sat on the couch to watch a show together. I told Tyke 1 we’d be having school like that every day until the real school started. He replied, “Mom, um…I know how to do school. I’ve done it before.” It made me smile! I was so grateful for the opportunity to explain to him that school at home would be different from his school room and that it would take some time for all of us to get used to it.
I guess that’s one less challenge we’ll have to tackle in August!