Forgive me for jumping into your group to post about this as a non-regular poster. But I need some support!!
Sometimes...a lot of times....I wish I could just send my kids to school. It would be SO.MUCH.EASIER. I'm not second guessing our decision to home school and I am 100% committed to it. But it is harder than I thought it would be. My kids are only almost 5, 3 and 1 but the resistance I am getting from my almost 5 year old is already enough to make me wish she could go to school. I know we have to work out the kinks and get used to the teacher/student relationship. I am hoping it gets better with time!!
Please tell me it gets easier. Or at least that its not going to get harder....as we add 3 or 4 more kids into it, lol, aaaaaaaaaaaah!! Any and all tips and ideas are welcome as we delve deeper into this sometimes omonous adventure!
When I'm in the throes of "I'll just dump you off on the public school!" - I take some time off. Off from school, from schedules, from obligations. Try to re-kindle the joy of being with your children. "Learning" can happen in many ways, so taking a week off to just veg out, read some good books, go on walks, go on a field trip - heck, even take a NAP once in awhile - can make everyone feel better.
I have to add, though, that almost five is awfully young to be doing any formal teaching. At that age, they learn mostly through play, and will naturally rebel against being made to sit still and listen.
My advice is to go to thrift stores and flea markets together. Pick out any books and toys (or safe tools, dress-up stuff, baskets, etc.) she finds interesting. Give them to her, and sit back and watch how she plays with them.
Talk to her about what she's doing, ask her to tell you about it, or just observe. You'll be surprised at how much both of you will learn!
I occasionally (okay, often) dream of sending them to school. I mean, how awesome would SIX HOURS A DAY of only having one child at home be? But then I remember how much the school screwed up and scarred my oldest daughter and why we started homeschooling to begin with md I'm good.
It does. Our first year was very hard and I wanted to quit so bad. Dd was 5 also. We tried again for first grade and it went so much better. Don't get me wrong you'll still have those days, but not as many.