We survived our first year of homeschooling

We finished up our first year of homeschooling this week, and guess what? We all survived. Leila is reading like a champ, Joe is killing it in math, both kids still have their social skills intact (ahem), and I have learned to lighten up. Way up, in fact.

My computer was screaming at me this week (Low disk space! Clean out your hard drive!), so I went searching for files to delete and came upon some journaling I did at the beginning of the school year. It was my attempt to do morning pages, and I lasted a whole five days (fail). Every post spelled out my anxiety about homeschooling. What if I screw up my kids? What if they don’t listen to me? What if they hate homeschool? What if I forget to teach them something critical and they are SCARRED FOR LIFE?

Apparently I was putting a teeny bit of pressure on myself in those first five days.

However, what I learned throughout the school year was that I would screw up sometimes, but my kids would be fine. They wouldn’t listen to me all the time, but for the most part we got along great. They loved homeschool, even though they needed a break every once in a while. (And let’s face it, so did I.)

I learned to lighten up and trust the process.

When we needed a break, we took a break. When we needed a few days off, we took a few days off. When we needed extra creative time, we spent the whole day painting and riding our bikes.

Not only did we survive, but I would say we thrived. Without the hurry-up crazy commute in the morning, our days began peacefully. Without the evening homework shuffle, we had more time to read and play. And whenever I started to doubt myself, I remembered why we do this in the first place.

So with Year 1 behind us, we are looking ahead to another summer in Montana. We plan to take our nature journals with us, a telescope and star charts, and story prompts for summer writing. Weekly visits to the local library will keep us up on our reading, and we will spend the rest of our time splashing in the river and cheering at baseball games.


We did it. We survived.

Let summer begin.

  • Kristy May 14, 2015 at 2:02 am

    I used to worry about all those things too, and after 3 years of homeschooling, I still do at times. I am so not a record/grade keeper (cringe/wince). I know they are learning and that’s what I think is important…

  • Kathleen May 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Congratulations! This month I graduate my youngest and even though our home education had it’s ups and downs over the past 20 years , it was the best decision we ever made! You will always have doubts, that’s normal, and you may not see the fruits until they are off to college … but keep persevering.

  • AnnieLaurie May 14, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you for this. As a mom considering homeschooling this post was very encouraging.

  • Stephanie May 14, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Woo hoo! Hooray for homeschooling. Such a gift. For them – and for you.

  • Angel May 17, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Way to go, Alysa! I love how you and Jeff love, invest in, and shepherd your sweet kids. You are doing a fantastic job! It is evident to me that your dependence on Jesus paves your way as a mom. Love you!