“Say something, babe.”
My sweet husband stared blankly at me for what seemed like an eternity with his lower jaw hovering somewhere near his knees.
I couldn’t imagine what he might be thinking. I had just told him something that he never expected to hear from me. I wanted to homeschool our son.
Honestly, it’s something neither of us ever expected to hear from me. As a matter of fact, I had always loudly stated that I would never homeschool my kids. Not that I believed anything was wrong with it…just that it most definitely wasn’t for me.
I mean, seriously. C’mon. After looking back over the last few years and all that we’ve been through? This year?? With both kids being old enough for school? I had hours and days of child-free time within my grasp. It was so close! Why on earth would I want to give that up to take on such an enormous responsibility?
I can’t really explain it.
Other than God just completely changed my heart.
I found a program that seems like it might just be a perfect fit for Caleb. Classical Conversations is a classical education homeschool co-op that has been growing rapidly in our town. With Caleb’s particular set of challenges and talents, this seems like it may work very well for us.
My friend, Ryan Sprague, asked me once if I ever thought about homeschooling. I quickly (and with a bit of snark) responded, “Only in the mornings.” Most days, it was such a struggle to get my sweet kiddo awake and dressed and fed and out the door. I felt like I was just yanking him up and shoving him out the door. No wonder he wasn’t regulated and ready to focus. Caleb had been doing very well in school from an academic standpoint, but he was still struggling a bit with staying focused and on task. With a homeschool curriculum, I can adjust our schedule to fit his needs. We can start our lessons when his body is more regulated and he’s able to focus. If he needs to stand up during a lesson, he can do that. Bounce up and down? Sure! Stand on his head? Go for it. There’s no one else to distract. If it’s a day when we’re particularly struggling, we can take a break for a few hours.
The classical style of education relies heavily on memorization. Hey. Guess what? Caleb has a rockstar memory. When he was 18 months old, he could point out half the states on a U.S. map. At 2 years old, he would recite an entire Bible story he had only heard twice. I feel like we need to explore these gifts and this particular curriculum would work well in doing that.
So here we go. Am I excited? You bet. Am I terrified? Absolutely.
Here’s what my table looked like last week when I sat down to start planning. I hadn’t done lesson plans in over eight years. When I took this picture, I was definitely asking myself, “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!”
But just like the last time I found myself in completely unchartered waters, I turned to the Google. And just like last time, I found a community.
They don’t know it yet, but their blog posts and Pinterest ideas have really made a huge difference to me these last couple of weeks. Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood and Not Consumed in particular shared their ideas and then gave practical application advice. They made this thing seem doable and even shared files. And for that, I will always be grateful! They even helped me turn some chaos into this…
The more I browse Pinterest, the more ideas I see for organization and planning. I’m trying to avoid too much of a good thing. I don’t want to be overwhelmed by seemingly perfect homeschool rooms, plans, and lessons. But if you’re interested in what I’m finding, be sure to click over to my Homeschool Pinterest Board. I just started it a few days ago, but it’s growing!
Have you homeschooled before? Whether you have homeschooled a dozen kids or, like I did, you plan to never do that ever…I’d love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to share them in the comments!