Thursday, October 14, 2010

Homeschool Frustrations

It is no secret that home education has its share of challenges. Some days it is hard not to think of how it would be like to send my child to public school. I would have 6 long hours to practice yoga, read, go for long walks, try new recipes, knit...heck anything I wanted to do. But like you, we have made the decision that this is the route best suited to our children and to our families. (insert looooooong sigh)

Today, for instance, little miss A has decided that she only wants to read 2 sentences. That is enough for anyone to read in a day. So consequently she has been sitting at her desk for 30 minutes stubbornly refusing to finish the paragraph in today's lesson. And I am in the kitchen, on the computer typing this blog post.

And while I am on the topic of homeschooling, there is the socialization thing. My little girl is not shy at all. She will talk to and with anyone, young or old. No problems there. She is registered in swim class and also in 4H club so she has opportunity to be with other children several times a week. This is my dilemma. She has a group of 3 girls that comes to call on her almost every day after school. These little girls are the girls in the neighborhood whose parents take less than great care of them, to be polite. They are basically left to do their own thing for hours in a day. Trouble is, they always end up over here. They are not the best of children and have a somewhat negative influence on my girl so I don't let them come over all the time. Once a week at best and at that time I have to be constantly on guard, listening in, watching. I don't feel like I have to let her play with them most days, but then some days I do. What do you think? Do you let your kids play with whomever, whenever?

And thirdly, the math program I chose is becoming ridiculous. I have scrapped it for now in favor of this. I don't know where I found it. Perhaps off of one of your blogs. I think I have been making things a bit more complicated than need be.

Anyways, the little one is finally ready to read so I am off. Thank you for allowing this little rant. M


Dawn said...

Sorry it's a rough day. I understand your frustration over the neighborhood girls/bad influence problem. I've been there. I don't like my kids to be negatively influenced by poor mannered children either. We had a similar situation a while ago. My daughter didn't even want to play with this other child, and would beg me to make excuses as to why she couldn't play. The other girl eventually quit coming around so often.

Sarah said...

Well, misery loves company, and we had a bit of a rough week, too. Here's to a better next week!

(And I SO understand your neigbor child issue. SO understand.)