Those days where you can’t seem to do anything right, when everything you try, and everything you say just seems to anger your teens or soon-to-be teens makes you question yourself. Doubts creep up (or sometimes pounce) on you, and you wonder why no one ever told you that homeschooling would be this hard.
Was public school failing us? You bet. But here’s the kicker: we didn’t even realize it until we got kicked in the teeth with the reality of what common core’s implementation would mean: More testing, less individuality.
Why do we insist that everything must learned from a “rigorous” education? Remember that rigorous can also mean “stiff and unyielding,” it’s not always the optimal form of learning. It’s not always wrong either, there’s a balance be struck.
Stop. Stop, right now. Stop worrying about what the neighbors will think if your kids are playing instead of studying. Stop worrying about whether your homeschooling friend will shame you into buying something. And definitely stop pushing your pre-schooler to be someone they’re not ready to be.
I like online curriculum marketplaces – they’re terrific resources! The problem, is that I have always found it difficult to find homeschool products that had NOT aligned to Common Core or NGSS in those marketplaces. Those educational standards are just so stinking political. I would just as soon avoid them. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a marketplace that only accepted publishers who were committed to remaining independent of those standards?”
Constitution week starts today, and what better way to kick off a week of study than by sharing a few of our favorite resources?