Well, not really, but close. This past week has been very draining. And very telling about my skills as a homeschooling mom and teacher.
I’m afraid if we could hear the angels in Heaven while on any particular day school was in session this past week, we might have heard something to the effect of, “Woe! Woe! Woe unto them who are schooled by Karen!” Yes, it was that bad. I should be so much better than this, shouldn’t I? After all, I spent copious amounts of time putting together lesson plans, coordinating schedules, checking and rechecking curriculum…not to mention, this ain’t my first rodeo — I have been homeschooling Katie now for four solid years.
But no amount of preparation could have readied me for trying to teach my daughter how to write. Not just write, but write well. Move her from her childishly constructed sentences to actual prose. I have completely forgotten what it was like to be in 5th grade. My memories of school are a jumble…it seems I have placed such high expectations on my child that I have only set her up for what is certain to be failure if I continue down this same path. We have both spent too much time in tears of frustration this week, that I have realized I must change something…and quickly. So I’m going back to the drawing board – I spoke with several other homeschool moms who have already been through this with their own children and they had several ideas for me as to how to break down the writing into smaller chunks so she wouldn’t be overwhelmed. I won’t obsess about her spelling to start with — instead, I’ll just include those words she mispells in her weekly vocabulary lessons. I’m still not sure what to do about the grammar or sentence structure…
I use daily writing prompts where we learn about something and then she chooses one element and writes her thoughts about it. I have been so obsessed with her spelling and grammar and punctuation that I haven’t allowed her to just…write. I want her to LOVE writing as much as I do. In college, my professor once told me that I was a gifted writer – that my stories about my childhood were so good that I should compile them into a book. I have never had the desire to publish a book, plus I no longer think I have those writing skills. And right now, all I can think about is how to transfer some of those skills to my child, flesh of my flesh. Anyone out there have anything for me? Anyone?
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