I heard this homeschooling tip before I saw it play out in my own experience.
I have since found this to be true several times. I’m having one of those moments right now. The tip is:
Use your homeschooling curriculum, don’t let it use you.
Otherwise stated, it is:
Homeschooling curriculum is a tool to use to help you; it is not a burden to enslave you.
I remain struggling with Singapore Math. I still feel that I have wasted this whole academic year so far, doing review with my younger son, pushing him to do the pages of work that are 95% old, mastered concepts. Today it dawned on me that I feel like the Singapore Math is a ball and chain that is bogging down my younger son’s math progress.
Last weekend I met a homeschooling mother from Virginia who shared that she wasted an entire year after having switched to Singapore from Math-U-See. Oddly her child was also stuck on the operation of learning double digit multiplication. She had finally switched back and was happy. We were in the same boat.
I feel like I don’t have the energy to figure out what to do to remedy this. That includes making the decision to chuck out all the Singapore Math and to go back to the Math-U-See that I loved and that my son was stuck on one concept with. Having written that sentence, the idea seems easy, but I don’t feel like I can or should just do that. I just feel kind of paralyzed.
I thought I’d just share that struggle of mine, and share with you about that homeschooling tip that I needed to remind myself of today. I need to shift my thinking to accept again that the curriculum should help us and make things easier not make things harder or waste our children’s time. I need to wrap my mind around that more and then perhaps I will feel that I can decide what to do next with my younger son.
Or maybe I need a pep talk or an intervention from a more experienced, wiser homeschool mom.
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