Teaching at home is Not Homeschooling

You know when the kids are around you every waking second of the day, sometimes when you are trying to sleep, and one of them is potty training, it can be hard to get a blog typed up. But I’m here, and the kids are asleep (for now), so I’m going to try to get this done 😀

So I thought I would share how home schooling is going. My 2 year old thinks it’s great, I give her a coloring page when her brothers are working, she watches a bit when I put on educational videos on YouTube, and she doesn’t always try to step on everyone when we do reading before bed. Her speech is coming along great with her brothers home 24/7 for her to boss around. She’s good.

Mr. C is doing great too. He does 4 pages of mixed work of math, reading, and writing. He sometimes asks for more work pages, he enjoys watching educational science videos on YouTube, and he has been asking for us to set up the websites his teacher offered for him to learn from. I know, we need to get on that, I’m just worried he will get frustrated because our computer is close to 10 years old and can’t keep up with most websites…

Mr. L has been a conundrum. First he had to get used to the idea of doing any school work at home, because he never had homework before. Home was for resting, playing and recharging- not for school stuff. Then he hated the worksheets, so I added in fruit snacks. Then he hated the math parts, so I added in dot-to-dot by numbers. Then his teacher started sending videos saying hi, and she told the days of the week so we have to watch them on the correct day or he gets upset. But she doesn’t post her videos until after 3pm and “school work” needs to be done within the “regular school” time or else he gets upset. So I’ve been trying to make watching her videos fun by setting up my phone when he’s playing with trains, and I have laid down next to him and played trains while she did her little lesson.

Basically it’s been dead end after dead end with Mr.L, but I just back up and head in a different direction using hand over hand, switching from fruit snacks to bbq chips, and staying outside the box. Which currently looks like walking him to the table, 4 separate pages, taking breaks, cheering, snacks, hiding pages, switching back and forth between pages, and adding in silly voices.

It’s not that I feel like I need to take over his education and push him to learn everything and skip a grade by August. But I want him to remember that learning is a thing, that school work is a thing, that using pencils and practicing math and reading is important. I also don’t want him to regress too much, when school starts back up I don’t want him starting at ground zero. The world has slowed down for many, but it hasn’t stopped.

I also feel like keeping his brain academically engaged is good for everyone. It’s good for him, his teacher in the fall, and for us his family. So even though he fights us in the evening we still have him read to us, and my husband and I take turns reading to him, even if he pretends to ignore us. I know he’s not ignoring us, because sometimes my husband uses the wrong word on purpose and Mr.L will whip his head around and wait for my husband to correct himself 😂

And don’t worry, we’re not all worksheets and no fun around here, we also do science experiments, go on walking adventures, and keep things interesting with forts, moon sand, and paints.

So how is school going at your place? Tell us about it if you want to in the comments below ✌️👩‍🎓👩‍🔬👩‍🎨👩‍🏫🕵️‍♀️👩‍🍳👩‍🔧🦸‍♀️🧟‍♀️⏳📚

14 comments

  1. Some moments of learning at home have been difficult but overall it’s been good. I am just loving the extra time with my kids. I only have 2 though so it’s simpler for me than what you are going through. It sounds like you are doing an awesome job! Keep it up Mama, your kids are blessed to have you!!

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  2. You are doing a great job! I would say ‘keep it up’ but I don’t want you to feel you have failed if there are days that don’t go to plan and you don’t manage to keep it up. That’s normal. Relax and enjoy. Go with what works and leave what doesn’t. There are not many places outside of school where we’re required to fill in worksheets. 🙂

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  3. So good! I appreciate your commentary and so relate. I think one thing that hasn’t been taken into consideration is the fact that children consider home a place for recharging and relaxing not learning, so making that switch mentally is also challenging for them. Not to mention working 9-5 to make ends meet on the part of the parents. But it’s going okay with my daughter. Some days she’s in the mood for learning, some not

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