I’ve been struggling over the past few days with . . . .something about my home schooling, but I wasnt sure what.
First I felt overwhelmed spending so much time putting together my 13 yo’s curriculum: read a college biology text and watching dozens of video clips to find the best match; research social studies topics; sit with him to do grammar together; not to mention the microscope labs we kept skipping because i hadn’t gotten the materials.
Then I thought it was a problem of balance: how much time I spend prepping curriculum for 13 ds, vs doing work with 13 ds, vs actually doing work w 6 ds, vs letting 6 ds ‘just play’ while I clean or work on blog entries or keep refreshing fb looking for something interesting.
So today, i’m thinking . . . it’s just attitude. You know, those ‘bad’ days where you feel hopeless and like you’ll never get through it or you’re doing it all wrong . .. but the day was truly no worse than any other day? It’s all in your head. Ok, maybe I have more of those because of my various issues.
But today, i’m a day ahead on biology (because ds 13 was too sick for school yesterday), and that felt good. note to self: go back to prepping a whole chapter at a time on the weekends
Today I ‘forced’ the kicking and screaming ds6 to do 10 minutes of the maps unit study with me, and watch a new math video on discovery streaming. and he loved them both. Note to self: just do it.
Balance, attitude, working hard but keeping my head above water. Yeah, i guess it’s all of that.
But i’d still love a good high school level science curriculum which is TOTALLY secular and also doesn’t require a computer with internet access. 🙂