Sometimes I Worry…

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Sometimes I worry that I don’t push them hard enough, that I don’t require enough of them, that I’m raising tomorrow’s lazy adults. 

And then other times I think, “You only get to be a kid for a little while in this lifetime.  Let them  enjoy it.”

I’ve heard Scott say that all you need to do is make sure they know they’re loved.  They’ll be fine.

I still worry sometimes.

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Homeschooling isn’t black and white.  And most of the time I LOVE that about it.  It’s flexible and there’s room for extending subjects that interest them and skipping things that don’t, lingering on a topic until I know they “get it.”  But am I letting things slide?  Am I challenging them enough?

I thought the state standardized tests that we took last summer would ease my worries about all this.  If the boys did poorly, I’d know I needed to work on it.  If they did well, then just keep up the good work.  Well…  they did really well in some areas and not so stellar in others… And I know it sounds pretty cut and dry, but it isn’t.

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Our homeschool isn’t as “tough” as the local public school, overall.  I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing sometimes.  I don’t test as often as they do.  (both boys had huge hang-ups about testing when we started homeschooling, so the first year we didn’t do it at all.  Now we do regular assessments and I keep grades but I don’t do it every week.) 

There aren’t as many hours involved in homeschooling.  So they used to attend school from 7:45-3:20, and then a couple hours of homework, making for a total of 9-9 1/2 hours per day.  At home, school starts at 8:30 and we can be done anywhere from 12 noon – 3:00, however usually stopping the book learning around 2:00-2:30.  So homeschool  is roughly 6 hours per day.  Why does it seem like we aren’t doing as much as public school?

I get hung up on everything we COULD get done if we put in public school hours – but then we wouldn’t have a life either…  If we cover everything AND do it in less time, why do I feel like we should try to cram more in?  (like I’m slacking off…)

Sometimes I worry…

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One thought on “Sometimes I Worry…

  1. Your children are learning more in less time because there are fewer people in their classroom and less distractions. I think most home schoolers spend less time in the school room than public school kids, that just makes sense. We all worry when our children are little, are we doing the best for them and all that. But I tend to agree with your husband, loving them goes a long way. You sound like a really good mother. Lucky boys.

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