Out of The Box

My hubby and I waited 13 years before we started a family. I always knew that when we had kids I would homeschool. I met so many successful families, that I knew it was right for us.

Let me tell you. Homeschooling is tough. We are in our third year and I feel sometimes it’s our first. My son’s needs are constantly changing and I have to adjust my teaching style to meet his need. Our first year we did a DVD curriculum and it was a great success. First grade, not so much. It was a struggle and honestly every school day was painful. It taught me a lot about myself and my son. I had expections that were not being met. I cried and prayed a lot. I felt like I failed.

I imagined homeschooling to look differently. My sweet little boy sitting intently in his school desk, loving everything about school. I could see a cute little school area decorated with posters! What I imagined was a brick and mortar school.

My son doesn’t like to sit still. For example, he wants to jump up and down as we go over our combinations. A mini trampoline is his favorite! He hates handwriting (which he’s slowly coming around), and independent work. We usually do school in the living room at a table, so I can sit with him. We have done school at the chiropractors office, the deck, the den and the couch. Sometimes we start in the morning, sometimes 3:00 in the afternoon. I had to step out of the box. The glorious thing about homeschooling it’s not meant to be cookie cutter or brick and mortar! It’s meant to grow a little mind in a way that fits our kiddos. What works for one family, may not work for another!

Each school morning we start with a Bible story. I spent a lot of money for a very expensive Bible felt board, which I just had to have! Seems crazy, but we don’t use it everyday. We act out our stories, my son usually wearing a full costume. We have used finger puppets and this morning we used minifigures to act out the story of Moses before Pharaoh (see cute picture above)!

I honestly feel like such a newbie when it comes to homeschooling and I know I have a lot to learn! I’m thankful for the lessons learned, even though some the hard way. I found such freedom when I learned that homeschooling is meant to fit our family, not for our family fit homeschooling.