Homeschool relief!

Well, Jack has reverted to ‘Bax’ and there’s no persuading him. He’s done his business on the potty several times, but still doesn’t quite have the hang of it. The other day after he pooped on the toilet he asked for ‘na nee’. It took a couple of times for me to realize he wanted candy! I’m hoping he only asked because he knew he should get it. He’s never asked for it w/o pooping/peeing. We’ll see.

I was running myself ragged about homeschool. I was trying to fit so much in. I don’t think I have too many subjects, but I was really stressed about the amount we were getting done. I kept comparing Max to the other 1st graders in public school, and I think that’s the wrong way to do things. He’s not in public school, and that’s the way I like it. I shouldn’t be doing the same thing as them. Late Wednesday I finally started to think something was wrong, and Thursday I realized what I was doing. I decided to talk to the homeschooling moms that night at karate to get their opinion. When I told a seasoned homeschooler what subjects we were doing she said I’m doing more with Max than she is with her several older children. Then they told me since he’s such a voracious reader to go to the library and find books on subjects I think he needs (history, science, whatever) and have him read them, then get him to tell me what they said. Another idea was for him to use his ‘invention notebook’ to chronicle the books he’s reading with either me or him doing the writing. I really felt like a load was lifted. I had been waking up around 5am, and not having any free time, and just generally making myself miserable! I’m glad it was only a week, and now I’m back on track. Now I think we’ll do concentrated work when J’s in therapy/WeeCare and we’ll call that all the school we need! Yipee! The crazy thing is I knew all this before we got started. I guess I just got caught up in comparing, and feeling inadequate; I’m so glad I have a homeschool co-op as a resource!

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