Homework Blues and Volunteering while Chatting with Coffee: Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I would never have the to homeschool either of my . I am a huge admirer for those that can do it, but I know that homeschooling would be my downfall.

First we have – 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 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.

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I have a feeling if I homeschooled her, it would make for a very long day. For both of us.

Then we have – the polar opposite. Granted he’s still getting tested and evaluated to figure out the specifics of his and diagnosis, so he’s not on any medication at this point, since the ADHD medication we did try only exacerbated his side – that was fun.

We’re working on either ruling out – or confirming – . 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. 

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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.

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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:

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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?”

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If you’re talking volunteering at the kids’ (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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7 thoughts on “Homework Blues and Volunteering while Chatting with Coffee: Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel

  1. Poor Princess Nagger! Didn’t want to let you go. Keep us posted on Little Dude’s issues. I teach for a living, but I don’t think I could home school my own children, either. Hope you have a good week!

  2. I absolutely agree, the homeschooling thing ain’t for me! I don’t have the patience either. But admire those that do.
    That is a pretty cool diorama!

  3. Man, homework is interesting around our house. My oldest is super smart and does his at aftercare but when my husband check sit, if he gets one wrong, you’d think we pulled his arm off. He gets so mad about having to go back. Meanwhile, if Isaac gets one wrong, he won’t go forward at all. But if you catch him at the right time, he breezes through it no problem. I don’t remember having such issues when I was a kid!

  4. Stacy… have you looked at virtual on line school for PN? That is what Tara has done for 7th 11th and 12th. Real teachers with Lessons via web but really the ability to work ahead. thr curiculumn is all provided and the planners are set up a semester at a time. Teachers are available for phone calls and usually have another time where students can join a web call for help or questions! You dont actually teach but coach. pretty much takes that “homework” piece out because it is all at home. We used Connections Academy not sure if they are in your state.

  5. The homework battle. We have it easy with Bruiser. He does his with little to no impute from me. Just a bit of reading help. Turbo, on the other hand, yeah. Keeping him on task, actually doing the work and then getting him to turn in said work. Challenge is the nicest word that can be said about that. I feel for you, I really do.

  6. Nope nope nope…. homeschooling is not for me either. And people laugh when I say that because my volunteer jobs are teaching Sunday School, and as a Guide Leader: soooooooo…. .kinda teaching right there! LOL
    But I think it’s different when it’s your own kids. In your home. ALL DAY. EVERY. DAY. that’s a kind patience that I am not sure I have. And my 2 volunteer “jobs” are mostly about having fun – I don’t have to give out homework or assign grades. Much easier. So yes, Hats Off to all those home school moms.
    My eldest and youngest had great difficulty when I used to volunteer for their school events. they would want to come home with me after, and not stay at school. When I left my youngest Halloween party this year, she cried and cried until finally they called me to come back. So I don’t volunteer much at school either. (and the group of moms scares me a bit too!)

  7. Yes I agree on calling it ‘prison’
    It seems the teacher encourages treating it this way. And doing everything to get kids afraid and conforming.

    And I really would love to homeschool my little ones, but I do understand what you mean about the hardship of it.

    I love that dog caption 🙂