Sending my first daughter off to public school was quite an adjustment for our family. We were used to being able to up and go. My youngest always had a playmate available. Our schedules were super lax. These were the good ole days. But now we have found ourselves on a very unique homeschooling journey that we are trying to navigate on a daily basis.
Over the last couple years I have brought up to my first grader, “we should totally homeschool.” This was always interrupted with a very quick “no.” Now before you think I lost my mind, I envisioned our homeschool journey to be in an amazing mobile school room traveling the country and with a live in teacher.
Our Homeschooling Journey
Well then March 6, 2020 happened. And my dream to be a homeschool mom became a reality. Only difference, God must not have heard me when I said I wanted to be traveling the country and holding classes from the beach to the mountains to the desert and beyond. Because for the foreseeable future, travel has been cancelled as well as school.
So Robinson Academy was born and as of April 15th, 2020 in lieu of a cap and gown, our kids will be graduating the 2019/2020 school year in pajamas from the couch. Oh and if someone knows Governor Lee, will you inform him our funding is going to dissipate by 2020/2021 school year so we are closing enrollment and turning in our 2 weeks notice. Don’t even think about it.
Robinson Academy : We are Problem Solvers, Not Rule Followers
Keep in mind most homeschool moms take years researching their options and picking their programs before being thrusted into being an unpaid teacher. We were given zero days to prepare for this and have received minimal guidance from our district so we are purely winging it. And to be completely honest, kinda loving it. It’s a bit untraditional. My hope is that my kids will show up next year knowing obsolete skills like non-common core math, cursive, and handling money.
One thing I am so very thankful for are all the times I bought an absurd amount of toys for my kids. I haven’t heard I’m bored once, and I don’t entertain.
Take the Picture
As much as it I want life to return to normal, I also want to make sure we don’t forget these times. While they are stressful and hectic with a steep learning curve for everything they are beautifully slow and simple.
Make sure you all are documenting these times together and what life is like, because before we know it we will be back to normal and these tough times will fade.
Cant wait to see your “school” photos! And it’s ok to play more than you work. This is an epidemic, life shouldn’t resume as it was during these times. Give yourself some grace. Today instead of math and science class we had photography school where we learned about lighting and editing.
How is your homeschooling journey going? Let me know in a comment below!