Homeschooling is a little like driving: you can study and prepare for months, but nothing prepares you for getting behind the wheel. Add a cross-country move, two toddlers, and a dog to the mix, and you have the recipe for a whirlwind of an adventure.
In August my husband and I accepted an offer on our home we were selling to move from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to Riverside, California. We were to close September 8. Let me now add that our drive includes towing a camper. Sounds like fun, right? And so, my homeschooling journey begins.
A little background about myself: I’m a homeschooled high school graduate. I also have much teaching and leadership experience with Pathfinder Clubs, including being the director of a club we took to the 2014 International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Some things I am learning in the process:
- States have different laws regarding homeschool.
- Homeschooling can be as cheap or costly as you want it to be.
- Planning takes a lot of time.
- Planning with two toddlers takes a whole lot more time.
- Planning to homeschool while moving across the country is challenging.
- There is never enough time.
The next challenge is that we are having to move from Wisconsin to California during the school calendar. This has presented some challenges in itself as we work to maintain an overall friendly schedule that will work with not only La Sierra Academy’s calendar, but also the public school systems. Yes, homeschooling provides families with the choices of when and how to teach, but who wants to be in school while everyone else is out? 🙂
School started for us on August 14th. So far we are having a lot of fun with the curriculum and environment. I love the fact that I alone choose what to teach my child. What is even more rewarding is seeing how my student, my own child, is actually progressing. She has always struggled in school, and I’m learning more as to why. This new life will also lead into a great way of guiding her into skills that will be needed in her life after graduation. I can’t stress the importance of this newfound role of mine. I am not just her mom, but I’m her instructor in everything! Trying to still get that to sink in…
Going back to the travel topic… Our journey will bring us to the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally, California. We are excited to add so many new states to our travel interim. Originally from the Florida panhandle, the only states we have visited have primarily been southern states, and those which follow up the Mississippi river. To see all the beautiful country that we call our home is going to be something to remember for a lifetime. We are going to seek out areas we can incorporate into our curriculum as a field trip. We have found that natural history museums, a cool dinosaur footprint bed, and some old town history will be great to incorporate as a family activity and gain valuable knowledge for school at the same time.
I’m pretty sure that keeping the two toddlers out of my student’s way while she studies will be interesting. I am now teaching pre-k studies for the 3.5-year-old, and for the 18-month-old, a good sensory table ought to keep him busy for a few minutes. But, we all know that it’s just a matter of time before those activities wear off and they’ll be tearing down the house once again. It’s a good thing I am a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom!
All in all, this is time I can’t get back. Homeschooling may be challenging for us in the beginning, but in the end, it’s going to be worthwhile! After all, Jesus also says “with God, all things are possible,” Matthew 19:26b.
If you are considering homeschool for your family, take the plunge! I’m so glad I did!