Below is an email I received from Niqué. It is a great email because I feel like there are lots of homeschool parents that feel this way:
I noticed, in tonight’s podcast that I listened to, you talk to about common core frustrations that you felt or seen in the mathematics as they have changed the requirements. My question or challenge is when listening you sound very confident and comfortable with homeschooling in your household, but how do you balance the pressure or feeling of needing to compare with standards in the schools with the love of personal exploration? there is a different pace and way of learning when it comes to homeschooling. I feel like I really want to dive way deeper into a subject than I do, because I always feel like I need to make sure I check off those boxes. Make sure I have all my “T’s” crossed and my “I’s” dotted.
I do end up diving deeper into the subjects but the cost is that I end up stressing out about being behind in my syllabus and not getting things done according to the plan that I submitted to the state. It becomes rather stressful for both for me and for the children.
Over the years, I have relaxed, but it still is always something that I have to catch myself at and try not to stress out. and realize I can just cross something out and put it into a different years plan.
But in the end, I also still wonder what am I missing? what holes that are in my education for the children that do not match up or compare to the standards that are placed in the school?
It’s like playing keeping up with the Joneses when it comes to education, but I don’t really want to keep up with the Joneses at the same time! Confusing thought!
I really appreciate Niqué sending this email. It has been a great reminder that we need to remember that there is a reason that we have chosen to educate our children at home. The best solution is not going to be to simply recreate the public system in our homes. However, there are some things that are worth “borrowing” from the public school system. What those are will depend on your child and your own personality. Listen to today’s podcast as I share with you how we balance the pressure of keeping up with public school standards and giving our children time to really dig into their educational passions…