I read once that come October and March teachers have a lull and go thru a bout of "is it over yet."
Knowing this has helped me in years past. Somehow knowing that I'm not the only one secretly wishing for the school free days of summer made it a little more tolerable and allowed me to muscle through.
This October however, I'm struggling.
I am an individual who desires community. I desire relationship, someone to relate to.
I feel isolated, different. Jared and I haven't ever been big into enrolling the kids in different sports. There's not a lot we do outside of church and being home largely do to the fact we're homebodies and stay pretty busy just keeping things afloat. The idea of adding extracurricular activities stresses me out at the sheer thought.
We aren't currently a part of a co-op largely due to the fact I'm not familiar with any in our area.
Years ago when Jared first approached me about homeschooling my sweet friend Jane D offered me a book entitled So You're Thinking about Homeschooling by Lisa Welchel. It's an entire book about how different homeschool looks to each family. How one schools is largely driven by the primary teacher's personality. I was encouraged to know there isn't necessarily a "wrong" way to school my kids.
I wasn't a traditional student. My teachers often told my mother that I didn't "fit inside the box." That was their way of saying I talked too much. My homeschool is also very non-traditional. We use a curriculum (Abeka) and we do school M-F. That's pretty normal, but we scatter about the house. Each kid has a file box with his school work. They work at their own pace and I just make sure they do all they're supposed to for the day and grade their work.
I'm rambling, what is the purpose of this blog?
Encouragement. I need it, desire it, long for it.
I need to know that just because I homeschool and you don't that we can still be friends.
I need you to know that I don't think you're wrong for public schooling and in months like these I contemplate it myself.
I need to know that there are other homeschool mothers out there that struggle like I am struggling.
Is there anyone out there?