Like every other family in 2020 America, school looks different for us this year. We officially made the decision to homeschool. However, our switch to homeschooling was not a reaction to COVID.
When we lived in the South, lots of my friends homeschooled. I was fascinated by it, and they all raved about how much they loved it.
However, my oldest is very extroverted and always loved school.Plus, our personalities clashed when I tried to teach her anything academic. So, I doubted myself. I doubted my ability.
Public School Wasn’t Working
We first had concerns with my oldest child’s school was in first grade. We loved her teacher, but she struggled academically due to her ADHD. I brought this up (over and over again), but I was met with a lot of resistance.
The teachers and administration told me that she wasn’t failing enough and refused special needs services and accomadations. Can you believe that?! And we live in a highly sought after school district, but they were letting her fall through the cracks.
So, we decided that public school was not working for our family in January 2020. We made the decision to homeschool the following year. We told the kids (they were so excited!), and I started researching homeschool methods and curriculums (curricula?). All the things!
The World Came Crashing Down
We all know what happened in the spring of 2020. I withdrew my daughter when the schools closed. I already ordered some homeschool materials, so we started our homeschool journey right then and there.
It was so great! Both my school-aged kids learned so much that spring, and I better understood what motivates them and makes them tick.
Best of all, we saw them grow closer as siblings, and they had fun with school. We finished school that May and enjoyed the summer. It was nice to have those weeks to slowly ease into and discover what homeschooling would look like for our family.
We officially started our new homeschool year in July. I have a second grader, a kindergartener, and a toddler (who will still attend preschool two mornings a week). We are about three weeks in, and so far, so good…I think. Just kidding! It’s been great.
We are learning new rhythms and routines, giving and receiving grace, when to push through, and when to take it slow. I loved all of it. I love seeing my kids learn new things and knowing I was a part of that.