Like most homeschooling mums I often worry that we are not doing ‘enough’. Our work can come in fits and starts, often at odd times of the day, and certainly doesn’t fit anything that would be recognisable in a school room setting. Is it possible that we are really achieving?
To add to the worry I’ve decided to pull Neirin out of preschool for a month. There is nothing wrong with the school or the programme, they are lovely and run a really great programme, but it is a co-operative and so requires a lot of parent support and time. To put it simply I just don’t have the extra energy right now. Though it may seem counter intuitive (isn’t it easier without the little one running around causing havoc?) I’m finding right now that getting us to and from preschool, as well as the additional duty days, fund raising activities and extra bits and pieces is a bit too exhausting.
So for the month of April I have two boys in my school room, two different needs to meet. Whereas Huwyl welcomes quiet reading and long stories, Neirin is in the doing phase, active and, well, a bit pesky. It will be a challenge to keep all the balls juggling but for right now it feels like what we all need. Less driving, less in and out of the house and, hopefully, a bit less mummy exhaustion.
But can I give Huwyl enough? That nagging doubt lingers. But then I look at some of the photos I’ve snapped of our morning, of all that we’ve fit in between breakfast and lunch and I am reassured. History, music, art and art history, handwriting, phonics, all of these have been touched upon at some point. Some for longer than others, but all have been included.
Our day has certainly been different with Neirin in the mix, he is a force of nature not to be ignored! I’ve been realistic about when we can include him and when we can’t and I think I’ll be orienting our morning more towards activities that can include everyone, leaving our reading for bedtime which Huwyl actually loves. The one thing I wasn’t willing to compromise on was the All About Spelling lesson, so Neirin had some Starfall and a bit of tv while I worked with Huwyl. That in itself creates challenges but we are working on it, I’m confident we’ll find our way.
I’m viewing this month as something of a trial run, seeing how it can work with Neirin very fully in the mix. Can we give Huwyl the 1-1 he needs with a demanding little brother? Is Neirin going to end up bored and frustrated with my attempts at giving him some ‘preschool’ work to do? Only time will tell. I’ve committed to the year with the preschool so he’ll return for May and June; we have family support then so it will be less difficult and hopefully more fun for him too. But whether he’ll return in September is still up for debate, we’ll see how our time goes over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, he’s definitely livening things up around here,
My own little kitty cat boy.