We homeschool year round to take advantage of every possible teaching moment as well as to allow for the nuances of life that may deter us from our studies. In years past, we have frequently been more focused in the summer months. This summer started out no different.
I have always chuckled when I see posts like this one on friends’ Facebook pages: I wonder why I always have to wake up to the sounds of my kids fighting and hitting each other every frickin’ morning!!! I cant wait for school to start!
I smile demurely when friends state they are anxious for school to resume. As a homeschool mom, I have never shared in their frustration. Sure … there are moments when I lose my patience … when I scream out in vexation … but I am always thankful they are home with me. Until recently.
These past few weeks, I have had a difficult time maintaining any semblance of order in regards to formal lessons. I find myself looking forward to public school resuming in a few weeks myself. It can’t seem to get here soon enough. Yet for entirely different reasons than my public school counterparts.
Without fail, the past few weeks there are little ones on my doorstep at 8 a.m. ringing the bell. “Can Buddy come out to ride bikes? Can MeiLing come out to play?”
When the door bell rings, my kiddos jump up delightedly and run to the door. I have tried explaining that we do lessons in the morning and to please not disturb us until after lunch. I have tried posting a colored sign on the door and explaining that when it is “red” we are not available … to knock only when the sign is “green”. Nothing has worked.
Once the door bell rings .. I’ve lost them. They are no longer focused and willing to put forth any effort. They whine. I encourage. They complain. They plead and ultimately, I give in.
I figure why not … they need time with their friends, too. I am anxious for school to resume, however. I want my kids back.