Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother Review

Looking Backward is written by one of the very first homeschool pioneers.  Here dedication can serve as an inspiration to us all.

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Finding Balance

I read Lies Homeschooling Mom’s Believe by Todd Wilson, and my copy has discussion questions.  I would like to use some of those questions as spring boards for some blog posts.

The first thing I would like to discuss is balance.  One of my concerns in homeschooling is meeting all the requirements of my state for subjects taught and hours spent learning.   Because the last thing I want to do is be perceived as not educating my children, I tend to become a slave-driver.  I get irritable and worn out trying to accomplish X number of hours.  In the meantime, I wear out my students, become harsh with them, and make school a drudgery.  But the other tendency is to be to relaxed, not teach my children what they need to know, and not put in enough time for formal teaching.  How do I find balance?

For one thing, I should not look at the whole year and become discouraged when I cannot fit it into the first three months.  I have found that setting small quarterly  and weekly goals helps because I am not looking at a daunting schedule and because I can give myself a pat on the back when I accomplish a small goal.

I have also learned to focus on the most important things like reading and mathematics in the early years.  The way I see it, if my children can read well and do basic mathematics well, they will be able to take charge of their own educations.  Also, if I can get the older students to become independent, they will be able to work on their own and help their younger siblings.  This will make my job much easier.

Being flexible is very important.  I had several things get packed into one week, and I was dreading all the work I had to do on top of homeschooling.  But I looked at my log book, saw that I had almost reached my short-term goals, and trimmed the academic burden  so that I had more time to take care of other pressing issues.

What are some ways that you have found balance in your homeschool life?

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The McAloons Review

The McAloons is sort of a sequel to Tales from Pig Isle.

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Tales of Pig Isle Review

My son enjoyed reading Tales of Pig Isle together.

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Polite Moments Review

Polite Moments is a book that I think we will read over and over again.  So far, I am not sure that much is sinking into their heads.

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Santa’s Book of Names Review

Santa’s Book of Names is a fun read for children during the holiday season.

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I Am Reading Latin Stories Review

Students who have a basic understanding of Latin might like reading the I Am Reading Latin Stories.

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