It’s official. Weeks 1 and 2 of the Perkins family back to homeschooling are in the books. Well, the planner anyway. And the computer program.
Ever feel just a bit scattered in your record keeping?
I started out our first week with high hopes. We were going to start with a bang! We were going to get everything done! We were going to be awesome!
The first couple days were great. We started just a couple of subjects, added a new one each day, thinking we’d be up to “full schedule” by Friday. Then Friday turned out to be Kid’s Day at the Fair. Since my boys are now both over 6th grade, they don’t get to go to Homeschooler’s Day at the Fair for free anymore, leaving us Friday as the ONLY free day we can do. Because I’m cheap and don’t want to spend $10 a person to walk around at the fair and look at animals.
We set aside the books for the day and we went to the fair.
Week 2 was an “Autism Week”.
Starting Monday D1 overslept, could NOT get his day going, and then didn’t get really any school work done, resulting in his missing Minecraft Club, which is his favorite extra-curricular activity. The days between that and the first day of Homeschool Band went okay, and then on Band day he again did not get things done. I won’t make him miss band, BUT he is in jeopardy of losing it completely so he’s promised to try to stay on track.
Thus begins my high school panic, once again. Autism moms, I need to hear from you! I need to know I’m not alone, that I’m not losing it here. I love my son but I also want him to finish high school in four years. Is this unreasonable?
Don’t get me wrong: It wasn’t all bad.
D2 has turned into quite the self-starter, completing most of his work with only minor assistance and guidance. Both boys are doing very WELL in math, consistently scoring 85-95% on their assignments. I am HAPPY. Very, very happy, considering my math dilemmas last year and the heavy tutoring we did with D1 to prep him for Pre-Algebra.
It was worth it.
We aren’t going any where. They aren’t going to school. This is all me, folks. Real life here. This week, we begin again. Every day and every week is a fresh start. We begin with the same number of days, hours, and minutes and we use them to the best of our abilities. Homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint (even though I am feeling the high school crunch right now, I know it’s NOT). Homeschooling is our lifestyle.