things did not go too well. Hi all, I am new to the forum and hate to make my first post about a "problem", Lol, but here goes....
I am 33 and a stay at home mom of 6...ages 10. 8, 6, 4, 3 & 3. My dh and I decided to send the kids back to school this year after a very stressful homeschooling experience last year. I was primarily responsible for teaching the kids and I just felt totally overwhelmed. My 6 year old (then 5) went to kindergartedn in public school while I had the other children at home. I purchased a well know set of curriculum (workbook style) for both of the older children and we all found it to be very boring and things went downhill from there. I felt totally confused about what they should be learning and how long we should be spending on each subject. The winter months were also very long(we are in Michigan and it is very cold and snowy) and it was often difficult to find things for the kids to do without spending a lot of money every week. There are homeschool groups in our area, but many were far away or practiced strict religious guidelines which we were not fond of. I guess I am at a loss as to how to develop a curriculum that is interesting and most of all organized. I am the type of person who does well with some type of guidelines or "directions" to follow. I felt lost and I was constantly changing our curriculum. After all was said and done, I did notice improvements in many areas for both kids, but I still came away from the experience feeling like I had failed.
I am finding that the same things that we removed our kids from public school for in the first place, are of course still present. My oldest DD will be starting the middle grades next year and we already know that we don't want her attending the local middle school.
HELP! How do I develop a plan/curriculum that works for us, stay organized and not feel so overwhelmed with the responsibilites of homeschooling? How do you formulate a schedule and what committments do you have or things you to keep you on some type of schedule?