End of Homeschool Year 1

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For those of you who follow me through instagram or facebook, you might be a little more familiar with the fact that I’ve been homeschooling Lucien this last year (his first year). Although I’ve been completely open about it, I’ve not featured much about it here on the blog. I guess it never occurred to me to do so, until I received some general questions about the curriculum I use and my teaching methods.

We chose K-12 as our curriculum, which I’m still very pleased with and will be using again for the first grade (Yes, we enrolled for yet another year). We saw it advertised on TV and thought, “Hey, it’s free!”, school supplies and all. And it’s certainly the reason why this year was so successful for us. It’s organized, complex yet simple, and keeps record of everything for you. There are online classes with other students and teachers, and there are even events and functions that the children can attend together in real life. For us, it’s pretty much perfect. I also learned (somehow I missed this bit in the beginning) that we can add any of our own made up lessons to the attendance… his extra curricular activities include music/violin lessons, Tae Kwon Do, and Japanese language studies. We also plan to enroll him in swimming lessons. If nothing else, I feel like it’s really motivated me to find ways to broaden his horizons creatively…

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…It was a difficult decision at first… whether to homeschool him or to send him to public school. There are always friends and relatives that simply do not support it. And my being a people-pleaser and all, makes it a pretty tough battle to deal with… but in the end, I decided to go ahead and give it a go with the thought in mind, ‘I could always send him to public school the following year if I didn’t do a good job teaching him, or if I couldn’t get him enough socialization’.

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…Of course there are downsides to homeschooling too, I know that. You find out the hard way. I work very hard to get him out of the house, find him playmates, and spend a lot of one-on-one time with him in his studies. I’ve really lost out on some online opportunities, and I’m constantly behind on emails and blogging. I feel a horrible lack of sleep from staying up late working on that stuff… so it’s certainly a duty. And don’t even get me started on dividing my time between both kids DURING our lessons. That’s so true, but I never wind down or give up. I’m a tenacious type to the core, and don’t fear a good challenge. So we’ve pushed through a lot of (learning) boundaries (and my own sleepiness), and now… I’m so grateful that we stuck through it all. I can honestly tell you, if you DO plan to homeschool your own children (no, it’s not for everyone), it’s one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever encounter. Seeing him make such leaps from the beginning of the year to the knowledge he has NOW is not only astounding, it melts every part of me that I could be apart of it. I feel honored, and excited to witness his growth… and it makes me want to work even harder to provide any and every resource unto him I possibly can.

When it comes to our schedule, we are pretty badly disorganized – I’ll admit. It’s completely my fault, and it’s my goal to improve, but I have a hard time keeping on track and doing things routinely on time. If I have one bit of advice, it is to somehow come up with a routine which you get up early and accomplish lessons before the day has really begun… if possible. Because BOY, does it leave so much of the day to take care of chores and house-hold duties. It’s hard to fit it all in.

Create calendars, projects, do internet research prior to your lessons, and try to enjoy them for yourself. I would say the most difficult task is having patience, but if you have it, you can accomplish anything together.

…So. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in a comment, and I will gladly respond and do my best to help! I’m no expert… but sometimes just talking to someone helps in our decision making.

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