Well, it’s that time a year again… May starts tomorrow and that means schools will soon be winding down (unless you are part of the year round school movement). Children in classrooms are already itching to be set free. Teachers are probably even more excited than the children. Summer vacation is almost here!
And then you have those of us who homeschool. And summer vacation is usually just much of the same. Some of us cut back on the formal instructional time. Some of us school year round so we have more freedom during the year to take breaks or trips or mental health days – you know, those days when you rather not do school and instead let everyone live. Admit it, homeschool mom, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
This year as May beckons I’m not looking at curriculum, wondering what our plan is for the next academic year. Instead I’m sitting in a general state of discontent (Don’t bother quoting Paul at me, I know be content in whatever state, blah, blah. I’m working on getting there). But I feel our little family is at a tipping point and changes are needed. I’m not sure if I’m going to homeschool next year or not. I’m seriously considering putting my three in school next year. Yes, I’m considering institutionalizing my children in some fashion. How will they ever survive?
See, I have this love/hate relationship with homeschooling. I can’t imagine giving up the family freedom we have. The gentle schedule. The independence in learning. The pajamas. The ability to turn any event into a field trip. The A-ha! moments when a light-bulb turns on and a concept is grasped.
But I’m weary. And change must happen in some fashion. Insanity is said to be doing the same repeatedly expecting different results. Well, despite what my therapist says, I do believe I’m slightly crazy.
And before you homeschooling moms give me the standard homeschool pep talk, just know I’ve given that same speech to a dozen or so moms. And my reasons for this disgruntledness are probably not your everyday typical homeschool mom burnout reasons.
Anyway, Monday will kick off this new series I’m calling The Disgruntled Homeschooler. I expect it to last a week or two as I work through the decision my husband and I have to make regarding our future schooling plans. I look forward to your feedback and comments. So, please? Comment?