Homeschooling with Weaknesses February 08 2016, 2 Comments
The irony of this blog post is that I’m really uncomfortable writing. Talking to people face to face is no problem. Trying to get my thoughts out on paper in a coherent manner is the most challenging thing for me to do. So how do I homeschool and teach my own children to write? Good question. Thankfully we had used Charlotte Mason’s method of narration to build foundational composition skills, and we had used Spell to Write and Read to build strong spelling skills. However, my experience trying to teach formal writing skills in my oldest child’s second grade year was a dismal failure. I dutifully watched the Teaching Writing with Structure and Style videos with my husband after the children were all tucked in for the night. We took notes, talked about the concepts, and I truly believed that I could do it. But when I tried to sit down for writing time with the children I forgot everything and couldn’t make any of the concepts make any sense to myself let alone to the children. We didn’t do many writing lessons that year. I can’t really say I was too surprised - I did have to take remedial writing just to get into college English after all. We continued with the lack of writing lessons until my husband and I discovered that Mr. Pudewa had videos where he taught the lessons and all I had to do was check their work. This taught me three very valuable lessons that I have been able to carry into all my homeschooling. #1: I can’t do everything. I have limitations. I have weaknesses. #2: I can ask for help from either a video teacher, co-op teacher, or even my spouse and still succeed as a homeschool mom. #3: I learned how to write better myself - and the thing I was able to model to my children was that learning never stops.
I hope and pray that if you are starting out in the adventure of homeschooling you remember that when your weakness come up that you can ask for help and continue to learn right along side of your children.