Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Homeschooling and Relocation Collide
How Moving 800 miles Across Seven States Can Impede Learning at Home
I was organized, prepared, motivated, packed and ready! Totally ready to not let this move (job-related) hinder our homeschool schedule or momentum, not one little bit....not one little bit! And that is pretty much how it went: our homeschool schedule was not kicked off kilter, not by one little bit, but by a million little bits! Millions of bits of moving, packing, unpacking, address-changing, new-neighboring, new-orthodontist-establishing, climate-transitioning and the general, “I just moved here, so where can I find..?” Go ahead, laugh! It was a foolishly-lofty goal. Go on, hit me with your best guffaw! I can take it because my head is still stuck way down inside a packing box!
Three weeks in our new home in our new city in our new state and we have not done one lick of schooling. I guess I should be worried, but in the back of my mind a little voice keeps whispering, “you homeschool, so you can easily catch up!” So, okay, we can catch up on our schooling with no problem, no problem with that at all. But, gee, what would my new neighbors think of me when I take my son’s first-day-of-school picture on the front steps in the middle of September? Those new neighbors who may already be wondering why I have a school-age child at home. Maybe if I push back that pic another two weeks and put out all the Halloween decorations, my bewildered new neighbors may think I’m taking a picture of my child with our wildly-awesome seasonal outdoor decor! Right?
Or...maybe there is some learnin’ down there in them packing boxes!
Ahhh, the benefits of homeschooling! The world is our classroom full of opportunities, and anything can be woven into an educational lesson. You know, those teachable moments, the real-life-experience learning, the, the, the ..... Nah. Uh ... nope. No life lesson was packed into those boxes, so no educational opportunity is being unpacked. Just a, “hey, son, take your headphones off and flatten this box for me!”
But. wait. There is one lesson learned here:
Don’t expect to get any homeschooling done until all the boxes are unpacked!
Words of advice to heed from a seasoned-homeschooling and often-relocated mom.
You're welcome :)