10 Real Confessions That This Mom Has Learned About Home Schooling

color pencils on tableI am new to homeschool. To be honest, I never in a million years thought I would be in the position I am now. My daughter has been going to school tradition public school her whole life. Now, because of the pandemic and family decisions, I am homeschooling her for 5th grade. 

I don’t know if it is all mother and daughter’s or if it is just me, but sometimes the dynamic is tough. My daughter and I have a very close relationship, but also can be a roller coaster at times. This is why I never in a million years thought I would homeschool because I didn’t think she would take direction and correction well from me. Well, homeschooling has taught me a lot. Here are 10 real confessions that this mom has learned about home schooling this year.

  1. Some days are smooth sailing and some…aren’t. I can’t expect it to all be unicorns and rainbows.
  2. Not having “homework” at night is MAGICAL!
  3. Teaching math was something I never wanted to do and now I am going it. 
  4. As much as I want my child to behave at homeschool how she would at at traditional school it just isn’t going to happen and I need to accept that. The first couple weeks I was shocked that all these years at parent/teacher conferences my daughter’s teacher as told me she was the perfect student. At home? Not so much, but she gets it done.
  5. All that history and science that I studied years ago? I am pretty confident that about 87% of it did not stick.  computer on desk
  6. We are doing a structured curriculum, but finding ways to make it fun is important too. It’s weird for me to have to find that balance.
  7. I worry regularly about whether she is learning enough, retaining enough, or doing enough, but then I realize that many of us are all in the same boat.
  8. I also worry about her returning to traditional school next year, but I know that we are all just doing the best we can and it will be ok.
  9. Confession: I like the freedom of not being on the school’s schedule. I like that we usually stick to the same schedule, but it can be flexible when it needs to be.
  10. Another confession: I miss having my alone time during the day to get work, errands, and running done, but on the plus side she goes to dance 4 hours in the afternoon/evening, so that gives me some time. 

I know that for better or for worse we will get through this and learn a lot (both curriculum and about life).

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