I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I would never have the patience to homeschool either of my kids. I am a huge admirer for those that can do it, but I know that homeschooling would be my downfall.
First we have Princess Nagger – the gifted/accelerated learner who is way ahead of her peers in everything, so she’s bored with the current curriculum and laments every day about how bored she is – and begs me to homeschool her so she doesn’t have to go in to the ‘prison’ each day.
But getting her to sit down and do her homework in a timely manner? It’s like pulling teeth. Without it being a challenge, she likes to put it off as long as possible before she finally gets nagged into it and finally does it. In a very short period of time.
I have a feeling if I homeschooled her, it would make for a very long day. For both of us.
Then we have Little Dude – the polar opposite. Granted he’s still getting tested and evaluated to figure out the specifics of his ADHD and ODD diagnosis, so he’s not on any medication at this point, since the ADHD medication we did try only exacerbated his ODD side – that was fun.
We’re working on either ruling out – or confirming – autism. Until that happens, it’s kind of a free-for-all, and we’re getting weekly (and sometimes daily) phone calls and notes from his teacher about behavior and not staying on task.
He loves doing homework – I, however, am not a fan of trying to help him, because I have to be careful not to just give him the answers to get it done, and he struggles in a big way with math and word comprehension.
The struggle is real, people! For both of us, because I’m having trouble trying to figure out how to explain something in the simplest terms and have him still not understand or comprehend. Let’s just say that helping him with homework can take hours.
Luckily the one-page homework is handed out on Monday and not due until Friday, because it takes him hours to complete. And it’s only 2nd grade!
I’m a patient person, but I think my patience would fly right out the window if I were trying to teach them both day in and day out. So all you awesome homeschooling moms out there? I am in complete awe at what you do.
You are all rock stars!
Speaking of rock stars… One of my Facebook friends posted this pic of her daughter holding her diorama:
Isn’t that the most awesome diorama you’ve ever seen? Genius! That’s the fun kind of homework in my opinion.
It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Chat!
This week’s prompt or question is:
“Do you volunteer?”
If you’re talking volunteering at the kids’ school(s), the short answer is no. Not that I wouldn’t, but time constraints are a problem to make that kind of commitment, especially when the kids are now at two different schools, and their start and end times are an hour different from each other.
I did offer to volunteer at Princess Nagger’s elementary school in Pennsylvania – even went through the whole required background check and multitudes of forms to fill out to get the ‘clearance’ to do so – but Princess Nagger put the kibosh on me volunteering, because she said if it wasn’t going to be an all day thing, she’d be too sad when I had to leave without her.
Which, on the surface is an “Awwwww!” moment, the reality of it is, little miss Drama Queen had trouble letting the hubby and I leave when we did the whole “Have Lunch With Your Child” day when she was in first grade. After lunch was over, we were heading out – but she kept giving me a bear hug and didn’t want me to leave.
Eventually a teacher had to unhook her from my ankles (yes, she literally lay on the ground and clung to my ankles) to get her to go out to play for lunch recess while we made a hasty exit. Her wailing rang in my ears as we departed.
So yeah, after that? She told me it would be a good idea if I didn’t volunteer. So I wouldn’t ever have to desert her again.
As for any other kind of volunteering – sure thing! I love helping out whenever I can for those who need it. Plus they generally aren’t the Drama Queens that Princess Nagger is.
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