Our first month of homeschooling. Yes, we survived!
Since we are trying to reconnect to our son, we had a getting to know you experience on our first week and it was very hard. Explaining our family situations in order for us to be together. There are weeks that we had a marvellous days, and weeks that we did not shed tears on our worksheet. I can hear daily rants and experienced a lot of tantrums but; all we need to do is to have patience. We came to understand that our son was caught up in a terrible whirl of emotions and was trying his best. There are days that I was so impatient, stressed, because we are delayed from our lesson, because he was so slow with some worksheets and understanding math rules, and from the trials and errors that we did in order for us to know his learning methods. One day I got pissed off on his rants and asked him “do you not enjoy what we are doing?”. Then he replied, “mama I am happy I just need time to get used on our activities”. Then I smiled. We may have lots of drama, tedious work of preparation but believe me when I say it’s all worth it. I was able to know my son likes and dislikes. Methods of learning and most of all we are having a strong bond. Learning by his side is one of the greatest achievement a parent would want to do. We were able to assist him on his challenges like; on his math problems.
The lesson I learned on our first month experience was:
Find a homeschool community group – this will help a lot on your adjustment period.You will be able to meet homeschooling families that will give advise and support. Field trips, activities and plan a science project/experiment with a group.
Do not worry too much! It’s ok to go on behind schedule, and you are not following your planned schedule. Whats important is your child to learn. Along the way he will change and develop his study habits.
Find homeschooling moms to hang out with – moms love to share their experiences and advices. Your child will also have playdates as well.
Plan fun activities at least once a week – I believe this will help him develop his skills.
Buy notebooks, pencils, markers, colouring supplies – my son hates writing and colouring. I notice that when I started filling up my drawers with these supplies and ask him to paste the activity at his notebook and asked to keep his notes clean. He started to love writing on his notebook.
My son’s favourite subjects are Science and English where I always skip our lesson and focus on his difficulties like Math and Humanities. In his Humanities subject he hates reading lot of pages. What I did was I prepared a keynote presentation to let him understand our topic and let him do some activity on his notebook. After that, I will give him a short quiz about the topic in order for me to check if he understood our lesson.
When our topic was about the globe and map I tried following:
Below are the powerpoint I prepared and research:
Below are the quizzes and seat work I prepared for him :
HUMANITIES TERM 1 (this topic was all about Map, Climate, Temperature and seat work is Physical and Geographical characteristics of the Philippines)