1.12.09

If I Were A Better Homeschooler...

I know you do it. All those niggling doubts, when you listen to other people's homeschool experiences. It doesn't matter that some of them contradict the others completely. It's the list. The "if I managed these things, life and homeschooling would be perfect" list. Or maybe not perfect. Just. If I were a better homeschooler...

If I were a better homeschooler, my kids would voluntarily learn every second of every day.
If I were a better homeschooler, I would drop everything to play a board game with my kids, no matter what else I might have wanted to do.
If I were a better homeschooler, I'd grind my own wheat to bake my own bread.
I'd also have a garden that supplied well over half of our produce needs.
If I were a better homeschooler, my laundry would always be done.
It would also be folded and put away.
If I were a better homeschooler, I would do more projects for history.
If I were a better homeschooler, I would use various free sites to do crafts relating to whatever we're studying.
If I were a better homeschooler, we'd be at the library at least once a week.
If I were a better homeschooler, I would be less rigid.
If I were a better homeschooler, I would be more rigid.
If I were a better homeschooler, I would cover fewer subjects.
If I were a better homeschooler, I would cover more subjects.
If I were a better homeschooler, my children would never, ever dawdle.
If I were a better homeschooler, my children would never watch television or play games online.
If I were a better homeschooler, my children would learn important things from online games and television shows.
If I were a better homeschooler, I'd take my kids to park days and other trips during the day all week.
If I were a better homeschooler, I'd commit to keeping my kids at home doing schoolwork during the day all week.

What's on your list?

4 comments:

Smrt Mama said...

If I were a better homeschooler, I'd make my kids put clothes on (instead of pajamas) before doing school work.

If I were a better homeschooler, my children would be learning Latin.

If I were a better homeschooler, I'd own all my own books, not borrow them from you.

Jana said...

I have been homeschooling for over 20 years. Starting all over with two little ones. I have learned many things.

I am a better homeschooler, because I don't how how others do it. Live and let live.

I am a better homeschooler, because I want my kids to love to learn ( we are rigid, but in a fun way ).

I am a better homeschooler, because I do it my way, regardless of what others think.

I am a better homeschooler, because I trust my instincts and go with the flow.

I am a better homeschooler, because I have learned to share my experiences with others, and not judge them.

I am a better homeschooler, because I know we can take time off when we need a break, there are many years ahead.

If I were a better homeschooler, I would remember to play, share, cuddle, respect & engage my children every single day.

They are grown and gone so fast, many of us don't get a second chance.

Melanie said...

If I were a better homeschooler, my kids would never watch vampire ninja movies.

If I were a better homeschooler, I'd be able to learn three new languages, calculus, AND classical rhetoric and still keep dinner on the table.

That's about it - most of my issues are along the lines of "If I were a better mother," or even, "If I were a better person."

Freya said...

If I were a better homeschooler, my son would be able to read by now.

If I were a better homeschooler, we would cover history in greater depth.

But I figure he's young so I forgive myself for the second one and ignore everybody else's expectations for the first one. :)

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