For many reasons, a parent may feel overwhelmed or exhausted when parenting in general. The same is especially true when the parent is also the full-time teacher. In an ideal world, we would have ample time and energy each day to prepare and implement teach moments, take of the day-to-day parenting, clean the house, get to extra-curricular activities and sports, etc. We would wake each more with a full night’s sleep feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Undoubtedly, this is not the world where you or I live.
Homeschooling was not one of those things that I always knew that I would do. While I had always loved the idea of homeschooling, I wasn’t sure I could handle the day to day demands of homeschooling while raising a young toddler and preschooler and then there was that all consuming questions of socialization. My oldest son went to kindergarten in the public school system and while he loved it and I liked his teacher, many of the things he learned were below his skill level and some things, I found, had to be re-taught at home after school. Life events during the summer between kindergarten and first grade gave our family reason to reconsider our schooling choices and in the end we settled on a happy medium – homeschooling through a charter school program.
My children and I recently had the opportunity to The Magic School Bus Going Green science kit courtesy of The Young Scientists Club. The kit is a collection of hands-on science experiments for intended for children ages 5-8. It arrives with most of the supplies necessary for each experiment. You will need to supply such things as newspaper and acetone, but most families may already have those items on hand without requiring an extra purchase.
If you find yourself spontaneously homeschooling your children mid-school year, you may be wondering what to do and where to begin. First of all, take a deep breath! No matter the age of your child (or children), no matter the reason you chose homeschooling, you have time to take a deep breath and research your options. Time is on your side.
Homeschool co-ops offer many benefits to homeschooling families: a support system, socialization, and educational classes- just to name a few. However, as with any good thing, there are some drawbacks to them as well. Explore both the positive and negative aspects of homeschool cooperatives, before becoming involved, so that you can be confident that your decision is the right one for your family.