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Homeschooling When Life Throws You A Curve Ball

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Homeschooling can be a challenge in and of itself.

But when you get thrown a curve ball that challenge can become astronomical.

Homeschooling When Life Throws You a Curve Ball - The Multi Taskin MomWhat do you do when that curve ball that life hands you happens to be your own child?

My daughter is stubborn, hard headed, and just like her mama! She and I butt heads often because we both like things to be done a certain way, and we both think that our way is the right way.

This can make homeschooling extremely difficult. If you have a child like that then you understand just what I am talking about.

I have been working hard and praying even harder to find a way to homeschool her the way she needs to be homeschooled.

Guess what! I finally figured it out!

I asked her what she wanted. Seriously! It worked. After she and I sat down and discussed what is and is not working we came up with a plan of action to get our homeschooling journey back on the right track.

She has requested to do more hands on projects and less work that involves the computer. She would like to do a few lapbooks on some animals that she is interested and even helped me pick them out. She has created a book list and she and I will conquer them together.

We have a couple of months of this school year under our belt already.  We have been hitting mostly the core subjects with some fun hands on things here and there. I am not worried that it is going to be a fight to the finish.

Here are some ways for you to catch your own curve ball:

  • Include your child in their studies
  • Study something that your child is interested in
  • Make a trip to the library together and allow them to chose their own books
  • Make a list of art/craft projects that you want to complete and get started on them!
  • Find small ways to reward a good day/week
  • Put curriculum that isn’t working aside – there is no sense in forcing it if it isn’t working
  • Take a short break.  Just a few days can help you put everything into perspective and help you both feel more refreshed.
  • Ask for help!

I think that by including her in her education we will catch this curve ball and make this homeschooling year one to remember.  I know that with The Lord as the focal point and our hearts in the right place we will get to where we are supposed to be.

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