Navigating new water.

I want to applaud all the parents out there who had to take on a new challenge this year. 2020 came with so many factors that changed a lot for all of us. The biggest pat on the back that I would like to offer would be to those who dove into helping their children navigate through their school work. I have been homeschooling my children for almost six years now. I know that it comes with many ups and downs and challenges that made me stop and reevaluate how my children learn.

The navigating that parents, grandparents, teachers, and children all went through is quite remarkable! Schools are do not operate with an online curriculum. I am not talking about homeschool curriculums. The schools that children attend to learn by a teacher in a school district paid for by the State. Public, Charter, Private, or other.  I saw many of my friends and family jump in and work extraordinarily hard to add this onto their already overloaded plates. You gave them an invaluable lesson that will hopefully give them perspective when dealing with a challenge that seems impossible.  

What are they learning?

I am willing to bet that you learned so much about how your child learns—the subjects they thrive in and those they have very little to no interest in at this time. As a homeschooler, I know I am always surprised at the interests they have one week and how that changes based on the information they want to know. If I really stop and think about it, though, I should not be all that surprised. We as adults do that very same thing.

If you’re like me, there are many things you learn, and pretty quickly too. Taking on the responsibility to ensure that your child has a proper education can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions. There are times is seems overwhelming and scary; perhaps you are not sure what to do. Then there are those days where you get up and rise to the challenge! You feel like superman or superwoman for the fantastic day you had teaching your little one because they breezed through it. Not only did they get the lesson, but they had fun doing it.  I will let you in on a little secrete, whether you are new to teaching because you are now distance learning, new to homeschooling, or have been homeschooling for some time, we All have those range of days.  

We all have questioned wheater or not we are giving our kids enough time to learn their material, how much time do they spend learning a day one on one, what to include in their subjects, do I have to come up with the material for the to learn and if so where do I start? There are quite a few resources out there that can help you get started. Just be mindful. You can easily get overwhelmed. There is so much to know, and it can be a big deal taking on the responsibility of teaching your kids.

We all know or have come to know that there are different learning styles, hearing, seeing, and visual. I used to think my kids learned one way, so I do all the school supplies that I thought would work for them. They loved it…at first. Then about halfway into the curriculum, they decided (by they, I really mean me) that this was not the style in which they learned.  So, I had to get a different curriculum so that they wanted to learn the material.

Once I did that, I got to see how well they navigated and absorbed the knowledge they were learning once I got them the proper set up to thrive in their learning style. This was a big game changer! They went from frustrated and board to, “Hey mom, check this out!” One of my favorite questions they ask me is, “Did you know?” Then they provide me with all the information they have learned and want to share. I absolutely love it.

Just remember to start slow and even though you may not feel like it, you really are doing an amazing job!

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Navigating Family Life Blog

Parent perspective.

As a parent, I can appreciate the challenges my parents went through. As a child, I had no idea that they had no idea what they were doing. One of the most significant disadvantages that they had was a lack of shared experiences.

Today we can go online, type into a search engine, or query somewhere, or even on social media, and ask, “Has anyone has this happen?” or “has anyone tried?” And the list goes on. You will get so many replies from family, friends, and even people you do not personally know. Some of those unknown people may have great advice or insight and live halfway around the world. It is remarkable where and how we get our information today.

Our parents had close friends and family to asks if they tried a product or tips on parenting, health, and books they read. The staggering limitations they had on product information blows my mind. I could not imagine choosing something that no one in my circle (or social media circle) couldn’t give me some insight into because they never heard of it or never tried it.

Our parents had to. To this day, my mom states, “We did the best with what we had.” That statement often makes me realize how fortunate I am and my children are because of the resources we have available to us today. At any time, day or night 7 days a week, I can go online and find out the best natural laundry detergent. I can go online and see which children’s book has the best reviews for readers who are just starting to learn how to read.

I can even find information on the weather 10 days ahead of time without watching the news. I can even get the weather in another part of the world to plan for a trip. It will not just be warm or cold this time of the year. It will tell me, cloudy, possible rain, temp range, air quality, pollen rating, humidity, and so on. Our parents did not have that simple convenience that we use every day today. Crazy, right?!

Different winging method: It’s interesting to see what they “winged,” and I realize what I am “winging” isn’t that different. The only real big difference is how we acquired that information. Perhaps this is why my parent’s generation is much closer within their circle. They formed a bond on a different level than I have with many of my circles. Not to say that I don’t have close friends or bonds, but it’s defiantly is different than what my parents have.

I know for myself, I want to try to make sure that I have all the information I possibly can before I get something or try something new, especially for my family. I am big into researching things. Yes, sometimes that can be a problem, but it does bring me a kind of comfort that I am sure my parents didn’t have until after seeing how well something worked.

Perhaps the big take-a-way here is making do with what you have. I am pretty confident that my kids are going to have this very same “Ah-ha” moment. Although, they will have much better technology (such as the way evolution).

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