I love all those posts that people put up about the great things they are doing with their kids. Lessons are flying along and everyone is happy posts. No one ever wants to tell you what isn’t working. Let me tell you what isn’t working in our homeschool.
- Lessons are not being finished on a regular basis. As in, there hasn’t been a week in I don’t know how long that we accomplished everything on our lists in addition to our chores and other obligations.
- There is a lot of crying and stressed out loud voices going on every day. Ours is not a happy home at the moment. I don’t know anyone who would purposely want to be in the Rogers Academy right now.
- There are some character issues going on that have to be addressed. I don’t want to raise smart kids that are buttheads. That is not my goal in homeschooling. I want to raise Spirit filled servants of Christ. Anything else means that I have failed my children.
- Our curriculum is not working for us. Let me rephrase that. Right now, I need a curriculum that spells it out step by step. One that I can confidently follow and know that my children are getting a quality education. I still believe in Charlotte Mason and her principles. I want my kids to get that kind of education. But I am stressed beyond belief. I need something that doesn’t require me to think up lesson plans every week then have the kids not complete them. This way, I will also get a good idea of are my expectations too high or are my children underachieving.
Now that I ‘ve told you what is broken, let me tell you how I intend to fix it.
- Prayer and lots of it. God knows how to fix everything. If I pray about it and wait for His guidance, He will show me the way.
- Curriculum – We are going to do Sonlight next year. Logan will do Core 200 which is Church History and Madison will do Core D which is the beginning of a 2 year American History rotation. It’s pricey and we will have to tighten up our budget a great deal this summer to get it to use in the fall. I believe that this is the curriculum that will work best for the children and where God wants us to go. It’s still Charlotte Masonish so it won’t be a drastic departure from our current curriculum. The cost got cut in half because most of the needed books are at the library. It’s still $400. Ouch!
- While we save for the new curriculum, we are just doing the basics. Bible, reading, writing and math. Anything else is not going on our assignment sheets.
- Character issues must be moved to the forefront and addressed immediately. I’ll go into that in another post. I have really good kids. They are just veering from the direction that I think they should go. What kind of mother would that make me if I didn’t attempt to correct it?
I have a lot on my mind these days. I may not be in the best state to make changes to our homeschool. I believe with all my heart that if I earnestly seek God’s direction for our homeschool that He will reveal them to me. Change is never easy for anyone least of all someone with autism like Logan. But change is necessary and if this is where God wants us then we are to go.