Homeschool fears are not new to me. We homeschooled for 17 years – starting when my oldest was only around 4 or 5 and ending when my middle son graduated from high school.
Each year, after reaching middle school age, we sat down to talk about the next year. We went over what they wanted to do and whether or not they were interested in traditional school. The older two never were. The youngest was all about it!
So, after 17 years of homeschool activities, I was free.
Traditional education has just as many hoops to jump through – can we say CAR LINE! And don’t even get me started with all of the fundraisers.
But as of Monday, we were back to homeschooling with the added bonus of having my husband at home with us.
Controlling Homeschool Fears
Despite how it might seem, this really isn’t homeschooling. It is schooling from home, but the two are vastly different. When we homeschooled, we were always doing something with another group at least once a week – field trips, play days, co-ops.
My son logs into the school’s online classroom and does his work I only have the privilege of looking over what he’s doing when he beckons me from the other room.
But these moments of schooling at home are rekindling the old homeschool fears (not that they ever truly go away). I am remembering the constant struggles we encountered while we homeschooled – not in educating our sons or even in keeping them socially engaged. Nope, the struggle was in the “what if we mess up” syndrome that every naysayer, well-meaning relative, or “education guru” causes because of words they issue forth.
My oldest son has received his Associates Degree and is pursuing his Bachelor’s (with his brother on a similar path), they both received their Eagle ranks, and they work. But despite all of this, I still get tangled in the “what if we mess up” syndrome and stumble over those homeschool fears
I tell you this because some of you will be worried that you are going to mess up over these next few weeks.
You will. You can rest easy now.
Despite the fact that you will mess up, it will not be the end of everything. Love your kids. Invest in engagement. Find ways to grow.
It is that simple to homeschool, and it is even more simple to school from home.
What are your biggest struggles with schooling from home or homeschooling? Be sure to share in the comments!
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Pantry Cooking Challenge
Skillet Chicken Enchiladas
1 can enchilada sauce
1 cup cooked chicken
10 uncooked corn tortillas (sliced thin like noodles).
1 cup shredded cheese
Turn the eye on the stove on high. Place the skillet on the hot eye and add the chicken to the skillet. When it begins to warm, add the can of sauce. Use a half a can of water to get swish out all the remainder of sauce in the can and pour that in the skillet as well.
Sprinkle the tortillas on top of the chicken. Use a spoon or spatula to press down the tortilla “noodles” into the sauce. Cover and simmer on low.
It will take about 10 minutes for the tortillas to cook. Once they are cooked (softened) cover in shredded cheese, cover the skillet, and set off the heat to allow the cheese to melt.