Before we decided to homeschool, the plan was for Layla to go to preschool a few days a week to get her started with socialization (she can be a bit of a brut).
But once we had officially decided public school wasn’t enough, we reevaluated our thinking about preschool.
I didn’t see the purpose in paying for preschool if Hayley was going to be at home.
So, we decided both kids would stay home and be homeschooled.
With two kids ages 9 and 3 I think this was easier said than done.
The kids are at very different points in their learning.
Hayley is studying multiplication, practicing her cursive, and almost into the logical stage of the classical education plan we are following.
Layla, on the other hand, is just getting into writing her letters, counting, and the other basic but very important skills that will set her on the path for the grammer stage of her education.
With Hayley, I need to explain new concepts to her, listen to her read aloud, and check her work. She is usually able to work independently for 10-20 minutes at a time after directions have been given.
Layla needs and demands full attention. I need to help her write each letter, count with her, read to her, and more. Even art projects (other than coloring) require my hands and eyes.
This often makes it difficult to teach both kids at the same time. I can’t give Hayley the attention she needs if I’m working with Layla and vice versa.
Inevitably one kid gets more attention than the other depending on the day which leaves me feeling guilty at the end of the day.
I worry that the kids aren’t getting everything they need when it comes to their education since I have to split my time between the two. But then I also remember that in a school environment they would have to share the teacher’s attention with many other kids.
I hope that when it’s all said and done everything will balance out and both kids will have received all of the knowledge they want and need in order to be successful women in the world.
I hope that when they look back at their homeschooling education they know I did my best.
For now, you can find me at the table. Buried under school books and art projects.