• Humor and Homeschool

    March 16, 2017 | Beth Ball
  • Eugene Bend Homeschool

    Can we just be real for a minute?  Homeschooling isn’t all fresh book smells and nature walks.  I mean, that stuff is there but there’s a lot of….well….times where humor comes in handy.  Like that time my son corrected me when I taught him how to do the math wrong.  Or that time I had to call my parents (who weren’t supportive of the homeschool life, to begin with) for help with science. Then there was that time we were doing great with our copywork and then the house almost burned down.  Don’t even get me started on the time I just wanted to use the powder room but somehow I ended up grading a math test with two dogs, a cat, and a little toddler brother to watch.  Oh, homeschoolers- we must have a sense of humor, yes? Because humor truly is some great medicine, here are a couple stories where it’s come in handy as a homeschooler.  Enjoy, and remember to use that sense of humor!

    Oh we Homeschool

    I’ll never forget the first time I was asked what school my son went to.  I was so excited to tell them we homeschool and cheerfully replied, “oh we homeschool. It’s so fun!”  The look I got back, and then the, “Oh so you must be a teacher with a degree?”

    My bubble popped, and I just simply said, “No I’m’ his Mom.”  I guess I thought it was enough?  I mean, I did know the kid.  Right?  Didn’t I?  Oh no.  What if I didn’t know him that well and I needed to go to a four-year college just to know how to teach my son?  I actually panicked a little and began to question my ability to homeschool my own son. What if I’ve forever ruined his life?  I better start saving for counseling now, forget college! He’ll probably never leave his blanky! What have I done? Breath Momma….breathe….

    After this disaster of a conversation, I went home and just stared at the wall.  I was pretty sure at this point that the mother was calling CPS on me. I’m not entirely sure what for either, but I don’t think they really know why they show up half the time anyways. After a little pep talk with myself, I realized that you know, I had taught my son everything he needed to know up to that point. How to talk, walk, sign, giggle, play, his letters, his numbers, count, and so much more.  Why stop now?  Just because he’s old enough to go to school?  Pfft, pu-lease.  I’ve got this.  I’m doing it.  I’ve done it!

    So Moms- next time someone gives you that funny look and questions you- don’t fret like I did.  Just laugh it off and remember nobody knows your kids like you.  You’ve got years of experience in their hearts and minds, and when/if they surpass your knowledge on a subject (hey, it happens) you’ve got a plethora of resources to help and of course, you have your family here at Bridge Charter Academy.  So carry on!
    You must be SO patient in order to Homeschool

    Have you ever heard that one before?  If I had a penny for every time someone said that to me, I would be…well…ok I could buy a cookie.  But still- I laugh hysterically on the inside when I hear it.  Me? Patient?  Nope. No.  No way.  Oh my gosh, have you seen my hair?  It’s that full from me trying to pull it out.  I’m not known for my patience.  I’m known for five cups of coffee, a lot of prayers, and “good enough for the day” as my motto.  We’ve been working on the letter A for a year.  A YEAR. Not kidding.  Sometimes, I feel like I’m in the twilight zone and this is some weird trick.

    Patience, that’s not why I chose to homeschool.  I didn’t think, “Oh I’m really patient so I should homeschool.” Oh no.  No.  I chose to homeschool for freedom’s’ sake.  I chose to homeschool because I’m a jealous Mom and I want all that time with the very kids that make me question my sanity.  I homeschool so life is school and school is life.  I homeschool because long before public school was a thing and homeschooling was needed- Thomas Jefferson and his mentors were all schooled at home too and they turned out just fine (and I would say we all benefited from them too). I homeschool because I want to teach my children how to think critically and question everything- yes, even me!  I homeschool because, sure, I”m a little different and maybe slightly crazy.  But I wouldn’t change it for the world!

    So- next time you display a lack of patience, or hear how patient you must be, remind yourself patience isn’t a requirement.  While it certainly helps, we all will have our days and we all have the real reasons we homeschool.  So write them down, and when you need to- revisit those reasons and get back to it!

    And don’t forget- you have a parent center FULL of other Moms and Dads that I’m sure to have stories to last three hours long.  We’ve all been there.  So laugh, enjoy your kids, enjoy your school days, and enjoy each other when you’re in the parent center.  Tell fun stories and maybe even tell some parents about your worst day yet while you laugh so hard you cry!