Reading blogs about homeschooling is one of my guilty pleasures. I love to see the creative ideas and innovative techniques people use to teach their children. Often, I get ideas from these blogs and use them in my own homeschool lessons. There are so many ways to homeschool your children, and it is absolutely awe-inspiring to see all of the creativity out there. However, all of this amazing can leave oneself feeling inadequate. It feels like everyone else is doing a much better job than you. In reality, no one is perfect. Everyone has homeschool days that don’t go as planned despite all the planning and preparation, they just don’t post blogs about it. I myself tend to only post my triumphs rather than my failures, but that’s not really how it always goes.
The truth is, some days are fantastic, everything goes as planned, and you feel like you are the best homeschool mom ever! There are also days that are complete and utter disasters. In fact, we had a whole week of those days, last week. It all started when my husband and I decided to paint the homeschool room over the weekend. This same weekend we received over 4 inches of rain, which inevitably led to us finding a leak in the homeschool room. Needless to say, our little weekend painting project turned into a week-long project and my son and I were left without our homeschool room. Luckily one of the great things about Mother Goose Time is its versatility – you can set it up and use it anywhere.
In fact, when we started using Mother Goose Time two years ago, we used our family room as our school space. I figured it would be easy to set up a temporary school area in our family room, but my son was not on board with these changes. He is used to his routine, he likes his routine and doesn’t do well when you mess with his routine. We did a few projects here and there, and we were able to read some of the books, but that was it. I was so frustrated and felt like a failure. Many deep breaths later, I was able to remind myself that this was not the end of the world.
Luckily my superstar husband was able to finish the room, and we were back in business this week. My son was thrilled to be back in our homeschool room, and I was thrilled with the new coat of paint. We are continuing our small world unit and have been talking about some of the major tourist attractions around the world this week. So far we have learned all about the Grand Canyon and Victoria Falls, and tomorrow we are traveling to California to learn about the Great Sequoia trees. Mother Goose Time even provided us with everything we need to make our own passport book complete with stamps for each of the places we learn about.
It has been a great week and my son and I are thrilled to be back in our happy homeschool room. We are having so much fun with this unit and can’t wait to share more adventures with you. Join us here next week for more homeschool adventures and more Chaos On The Creek.
Disclaimer: I am so grateful to have found this curriculum and am excited to share our experiences on the blog. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Mother Goose Time has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.