Homeschooling FrAnTiCs

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Throughout the years as a parent I have often dreamed about Homeschooling my boys. For various reasons, I have not…
 
I felt I wasn’t smart enough…(although I have a degree in nursing, I have NO high school education)
 
I entered the full time work field 3 years into our marriage (due to an injury my husband obtained on the job)
 
Our house was too small
 
My husband was LESS than supportive of the idea
 
The idea long left my mind as everything else entered; full time work, writing, volunteer, keeping up with a bigger home and busier boys. Last summer, our then 6th grader begged, and begged, and begged {a lot} to be homeschooled, we entertained the idea for. My husband was still not totally sold on the idea, but was in agreement. I started researching, and looking for materials, and really feeling good about things.
 
“I CAN do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”        Philippians 4:13
 
Then…a week before school, everyone (besides myself) backed out. I was devastated. I just “figured” it wasn’t meant to be…? I also felt that at  this age, being introduced into homeschooling should most definitely be a mutual agreement with the actual student.
 
Fast forward to now…and due to a series of events, hubby and I have decided for the best interest of our son (I know that is a logical reason to homeschool ALL your children, but I’m taking what I can get) that our now 12 yr. old  7th grader MUST be homeschooled. The 9 yr. old 4th grader would love it too…(I’m still scared, and taking it one at a time)
 
I’ve dove into many blogs, looked up many resources, and am trying to piece together a “system” that is somewhat structured, yet maybe mirrors the Un schooling philosophy as well.  Not completely…just in a way that he leads his learning. He has struggled so much in the past, we probably have some catching up to do. He is also nervous to have ME teach him (remember I stated that I don’t have a high school education?) I have explained to him that I am excited and that we will learn together! For the sake of length, I will wrap this up.
 
So…Here are just a few of my FrAnTiCs:
 
I work 2 weekdays a week and can NOT rely on my husband for structural participation. (He has untreated severe adult ADHD)
I am on a VERY tight budget (5 boys, a house we can’t afford, and a single income from a mom who refuses to work overtime)
I’m starting at 7th grade!!!!  In my mind…That’s a little suicidal chaotic in itself!
I’m teaching a child that some may deem “unteachable”…He’s a GREAT boy, just difficult to TEACH!

 

Looking for ideas, support, resources, and most definitely ….Encouragement!!!
Please won’t you share my plea for help with other homeschoolers you know!
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About multipurpose-mom

Stacey is a: Saved by Grace, God fearing, Bible believing, Child of the King! In her chaotic world of full time employment, being a wife, raising 5 boys, laundry, dishes, carpool, PTSA, and on and on: She is STILL trying to fulfill God's call in her life.....to share her story, her battles, her triumphs, and testimonies of being a teen mom from a drug addicted home, to being the not so perfect wife and mother she is today! Her prayer is to lift up and encourage others through the words that God lays before her! In her chaos she has learned, she is not just a wife and mother.....she is a taxi driver, a nurse, a referee, a counselor, a maid, a cook and so much more...she has MANY purposes! Welcome to Multipurposemom.com, Here we hope you find strength, humor, tears, and tangibility for your journey....whatever it is! Please feel free to comment (we LOVE comments) and if you are blessed, please won't you share the blessing with others! Thanks for Visiting! In Christ!

6 responses »

  1. Pingback: Our New Adventure: Homeschooling! « homeschoolinghelicoptermama

  2. Bless your heart. You CAN do this. Nobody can teach your children better than you. Because nobody knows them like their momma. And if you have the heart to do it, and you do, then you CAN. Even though I’m a stranger, I believe in you, just based on your words in this post. It really struck a nerve with me. My heart goes out to you and I will pray for your success with your seventh grader. God bless.

      • Anything I can do to help just let me know and I will be there. Even though I know you are more than able to do this, at times we all need a small break or someone that can fill in when we must be else where. Well I am here for you the two of you,just call. Love you both, Mom

  3. I worked for 3 years while homeschooling 3 children, sometimes part time, sometimes full time. It wasn’t easy and there were things that didn’t get done. But we did as much as we could and two of mine graduated from high school and successfully completed their first year of college. My husband worked nights and I was a substitute teacher during the day. He does not have the patience for teaching (kids anyway!). I gave my kids a list of things to do on their own and he was there to supervise and make sure they were “doing school”. Then I checked their work and went over lessons for the next day. It wasn’t the most ideal homeschool situation and I wouldn’t have done it that way except we were in a financial situation where I had to work. God will see you through this journey!

    I found you on the not back to school blog hop. I hope you’ll stop by my blog. http://karenwoodward.blogspot.com/

    • We have discussed options for days when Im at work…the nice thing is that I only work 2 days a week at most (they’re just 12 hour days)

      (p.s…sorry for the delayed approval/response…wordpress had you flagged as spam, and I didn’t see it..:) Thanks for visiting!

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