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To be completely fair, all of these curriculums are good and have their place in a homeschool. Just not mine.
My top epic fails are:
The Foundations program for Classical Conversations has science memory work built in and science projects added to their community day. However, if you want to expand on anything they are memorizing you can add additional curriculum to their day.
I must have every junior addition of Apologia science that was offered during those years. Along with the corresponding workbooks that I dreamed my kids would love as much as I did.
Nay! They hated those notebooks and all the cutting and pasting required. It was simply unenjoyable to sit with them and try to make science happen.
Thankfully in the Challenge programs of
How many different ways can you teach someone to read?
We did them all! Hooked on Phonics, Rocket Phonics, Learn to read in a number of lessons, Phonics Zoo, and the list continues. I’m not sure which one worked because thankfully both my kids can read.
There were a lot of tears shed. Some from them, but a lot from me. I was almost convinced that teaching them to read was never going to happen. But the amazing thing is, they do read. Spelling is another thing and I am truly thankful that their world will have spell check in it.
I wanted so much to be a homeschooling family who started their day with a morning basket. I envisioned sitting around waking up reading the bible (of
No such luck! Either I am not that kind of homeschooling mom or my kids are not that interested. Both are likely.
I did buy a basket, fill it up, and hope through osmosis that we would be that family. I believe this is the year I finally put the basket away and turned to more realistic goals.
Poetry Tea Time
Now this was a lot of fun! We would set the table, layout our smaller plates, serve some treats and read poetry together. My kids loved this time. Maybe for the reading but I think it was for the treats.
The reason this is included in my epic fails is that I became so troubled by the treats I was serving that I couldn’t continue. I could not bring myself to include treats every day and not worry about the sugar crash that was inevitable.
In theory these were all wonderful ideas, but implemented they were an epic fail.
I wish I would have read more to my kids when they were much younger, and gone about our days slower. Homeschooling does not mean that you have to bring school home. It took me to many years to understand that the Classical method is enough and
Have you had epic fails as a homeschooling mom? Leave a comment below or on another social media platform. I’d love to laugh with you.