One of the big problems I have had with my homeschooling is that there are so many people blogging about it!
I love that there are lots of homeschoolers around – and all the wonderful information and homeschool ideas available in blogs, books, groups, and furums. But I do feel like I get pulled this way and that. I get seduced by one person’s great curriculum, or anothers photos of the wonderful craft she is doing with her children.
And it makes me feel inadequate.
I want to be good at homeschooling. But that definition of ‘good’ does seem to move around an awful lot depending on what I am reading at the time.
I have been wondering what a model for the best homeschool looks like. What if I stacked up the best 100 homeschool families (assuming we can agree on who they were!) and then broke down into chunks what they did, and how they did it – what would such a schedule look like? Would I have a formula that I could follow that would guarantee success?
I suspect that even if it was the most beautiful, streamlined and unique schedule in the world, it wouldn’t work well for us. I know that by day 2 I would be tweaking! I would be thinking ‘yeah, but…if I just did it this way instead’!
I guess using someone elses schedule is like trying to wear someone elses shoes. No matter how good they look they probably wouldn’t fit very well. And who likes blisters! I think I am more of a ‘sneakers’ type of girl!
Our families are all unique and face different challenges. We don’t need to measure ourselves by other peoples standards. So I guess it is time to relax and have confidence that our unique way of working is the only way that will work for us. And be proud of our idiosyncrasies!
The only homeschooling method that will work for me is one that fits MY family –
and the same goes for you.