Sometimes, homeschooling can be a challenge. I recently discovered that my child’s learning style was very different from mine.
During this time I had a few homeschooling epiphanies, one being that it is very possible to receive a cookie-cutter education at home. I knew this because that’s what I had been providing.
One of the reasons some families choose to homeschool is to avoid a cookie-cutter education and provide their children with an individualized education instead. But sadly, sometimes families never even realize that just because you are at home does not automatically mean you avoid the one-size-fits-all education system.
We can spend hours upon hours searching for the perfect curriculum, and once we have found it, we buy it then neatly organize the year’s work in the child’s school box.
We start from the beginning and tread through each and every page, even if our child gets bored or isn’t retaining the information like he should. We continue to work through our prized curriculum, page after page. After all, we must do every page to get our money’s worth.
Before you know it, you have become a slave to that curriculum, and that individualized education you once dreamed about is only a distant, fleeing memory. Then it hits you: You are providing a cookie-cutter education in your own home.
Now, some kids can go through school like this, others cannot. My son can’t, and it has nothing to do with learning difficulties or discipline problems. It has to do with his learning style. I see that now.
I quit being a slave to that curriculum and stopped trying to just get my money’s worth. I looked at my child, at his educational needs, and realized that they weren’t being met with daily workbooks. I developed a new, individualized plan for him, which focused on what he needed. Because after all, isn’t that what homeschooling is all about?
Did you begin homeschooling trying to make it like being in school at home? Or do you do your own thing based on your children’s learning styles?