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Help! Two weeks home schooling and I am so frustrated!

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:34 am
by KCarreira
I really need some help/advice. We made the decision in the middle of last year to not send our kids back to the school they were at and home school. There were a myriad of reasons, but overall, just felt that home schooling would be best.

We decided on a Waldorf curriculum mostly because of the hands on concepts and the heavy artistic influence (that is my background). My daughter is extremely talented artistically and my son was has a gift with music.

Fast forward to today and I am ready to pull my hair out. My 11yo son argues with everything. According to him, he has already done all of the math I assign him and somewhere along the road he decided he wasn't good at art. What???? My 8yo daughter gets very upset during art class now because she feels it isn't good enough. We are building a building for her lesson, which in and of itself is a great project, but honestly is all me. Our days are packed full - here is a sample of our daily schedule:
9am - walk the dogs
9:30 - Morning meeting (includes playing a game or two)
10am - main lesson block (this is the building project and my son's geology lesson)
11:30 - Math review
11:45 - Music practice
12pm - Read quietly
12:30 - lunch
1pm - rest
1:30 - French
2:15 - Art

The schedule changes slightly every day but I truly feel like I am working my butt off here. I didn't expect this to be easy, but I expected it to be easier.

I need help, encouragement, advice - anything that will make me feel like my decision to home school was the right one. I really miss my days where I could actually sit and think without interruption.

:( :(

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 10:21 am
by Lajo
I spend a lot of time with my son going out and doing things. It is amazing how what is fun to your children is educational. I decided to home school my child so that he could find his talent and learn how these talents could add enjoyment to his life and provide him with a living. If at the end of this if he was put into a foreign country and in a short time he could fit in and survive I will be pleased.

Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 9:29 pm
by PinkLady
Only 30 minutes rest time?

I need at least an hour. But then again I am an introvert so I need to recharge mid-day.

Try letting your son be more independent...as in making him feel like he is in control when really you are in control. There is an art to it, but always remember to pick your battles.

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:57 pm
by MagnoliaHoney
you may be better off deschooling for a while. Just doing things, and not so scheduled. But, going to zoos, museums, libraries, and just having fun learning.

Take out all the extras! You don't need french for first year of homeschooling for instance, save that for when you find your groove.

Art-put the stuff out there and let them do what they will with it. It doesn't have to be structured. Go to some art museums.

Sadly public school is where your son probably got that his art wasn't good enough, because it's too structured. Go to lots of art museums, and venues and let him see how different art can look and all is acceptable as art, cause it's more about how HE interprets what he is making, then how it compares to how others art looks.