I may have mentioned that I tried homeschooling the children after my eldest got out of first grade. We began within two weeks of regular school ending and I tried really hard to make it work until January of the following year. But to be honest,
I really sucked at it.
You see, I was really unhappy with the school system here in Broward County. (I’m still not! My son’s classroom bathroom has MOLD in it!) I was fascinated by the homeschool blogging community online at the time and was so in love with the concept.
Through home schooling, I could allow him the extra time in reading that he needed. I could teach history IN ORDER. We could go on field trips to supplement our learning so they could get hands-on experience. School was not the same as it was when I was growing up and schools down here in South Florida when we moved down here were nothing in comparison to the elementary school I attended on Long Island. What an amazing gift I could give to my children, right?
:::sigh:::: Wrong. Do you know how difficult it is to teach structure and discipline when you have none of it yourself? As someone with ADHD, I could no more keep our days on track than I could teach a fly to fetch. We would start off with a plan and within the first hour, I would deviate from it. Also, when a bout of depression would hit, all bets were off completely. A huge disappoint was the local home-school community. Oh, they were great people and there was so much offered, but it was very religious – which we are not. As an agnostic family, I did not wish my son to have to pray prior to P.E. class nor did I want to sign any papers stating that we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior prior to joining a co-op science group. If there was a secular home school clique around, I certainly couldn’t find it.
I hated ending our little home school. We had turned our dining room into our daytime classroom with a huge dry-erase board and a pretty cabinet to store all of our supplies. I invested a lot of money into our curriculum and learning tools. I have missed it greatly.
So, I thought we could start a summer homeschool program.
Though it has been a few years, I still have a lot of the books and things from the first time around. And perhaps knowing that it will only be for a few months, I’ll find short time span great incentive to stay focused. I’ve spoken with the children and we have a few ideas. Once I can write about them in a cohesive manner, I’ll share them here.
Are you doing any secular homeschooling this summer?
xoxo ~ Melissa