I am on the fence about doing the Homeschool Weekly Reports. I don't know if anyone will really read them or will care.
I most certainly do not want them to be a brag-fest.
I am thinking of doing them and keeping it very real. I want it to show what a homeschooling family's life is really like. I don't want it to just be a summary of lesson plans we did and what books we used. I want it to show the unevenness of my family's lives, the challenges, the good stuff and the imperfect stuff. I'd like to show things like juggling illness (head colds etc.) with trying to get homeschooling lessons done, managing medical appointments, getting big projects done in the midst of homeschooling, and dealing with things like big stuff breaking in the house, helping sick or dying relatives or mourning the death of a close relative. I want to show also the learning that happens outside of the lessons I plan out, the self-directed learning and how the places we travel are educational in various ways.
I decided if I do it this year I want to include a couple of photos of stuff that happened that week. It would be good to see real people and places linked to long written descriptions. Not only would it be proof that the stuff is true it would let the pictures tell a story that sometimes is superior to the written description, or tells more than the writer let on in words. An example would be to see the glee in a child's eyes. A blog reader might wonder if our homeschooling lessons are torturing our children but if you can see the happiness it would prove what I was saying in words.
Some people have told me they’d like to homeschool but they think their lives are too imperfect or that they are too imperfect. I want to help people realize that no homeschooling mother is perfect and no homeschool is perfect, even the families who appear to have it all together and who have happy kids and happy parents. Some people think they can only homeschool if a child has a certain kind of personality or if their children were compliant girls, or didn’t have a certain medical condition or didn’t have a certain learning disorder or didn’t have this or that thing. The fact is that all kinds of kids are homeschooled, girls and boys, and kids with ADHD and learning disabilities, and even Autism. We parents all deal with negative things in our lives, we all have stress, we all have various typical real life issues to deal with such as unemployment or other big things, at one time or another. We just do the homeschooling in addition to all of that and try to have successful homeschool and have a good family life. If we can do it then you can do it too. I want to show people that real people do homeschool and that people can homeschool through times of adversity.