Help. I’ve homeschooled and I can’t get up. What to do when homeschool becomes overwhelming.
We’re all unique, but our expectations are pretty much the same: We imagine homeschool is going to be this wonderful, joyful, love-every-minute-of-it experience.
Until it’s not. Then what?
If you haven’t encountered this (yet), say a prayer of thanksgiving—then say a prayer for your homeschooling sisters around the world who love their children and love being their teacher, but who feel like they’re in over their heads right now.
What Do I Do?
First of all, relax. You’re not alone. And you’re certainly not a failure.
We all doubt ourselves occasionally and go through rough patches. It’s okay to admit it and it’s a good idea to talk about it.
Reach out to other local moms who homeschool. Voice your frustrations and concerns in one of the many online forums available for homeschool moms.
In fact, you’re bound to find support and many voices of experience on the Abeka Homeschool Facebook page.
By talking to others, you’ll be able to get to the heart of the issue: is this rough patch something you can get through with a few simple changes in your process or mindset? Or is it something best addressed by exploring additional options?
Get Some Help
One idea a lot of moms harbor is that homeschooling means you have to teach all the lessons. That may have been the case back when homeschool was just beginning its resurgence in this country some 50 years ago, but not anymore.
If you need to find another way to teach your children at home, we’d like to humbly suggest you consider Abeka Academy video homeschooling, which is built on the same proven approach that’s taught in the Abeka textbooks.
With Abeka Academy, master teachers lead the lessons on streaming video or DVD. Parents provide the follow up: checking work, grading assignments, reinforcing concepts, etc. Your kids learn from educators who have a special gift for communicating skills and concepts with school-age children. And you get more time to do everything else you have to do as a mom.
Plus, there’s an academic helpline students (and parents) can call when they need a little extra help on a subject.
From Overwhelmed to Overjoyed
Whatever you decide to do, know that you’re amazing because you want what’s best for your child: a great education at home.
Our hope for you is that you’ll find a way that leaves you overjoyed, not overwhelmed.