We expect teachers to do what?!

Hi. It’s almost 2 in the afternoon, and today was a new adventure for me. I officially homeschooled 3 kids today. Not just the usual 2, but 3. All 3 of which are very active boys, with very busy minds. They range from 8th grade to kindergarten.

And if I measured today’s success based on someone else’s measuring stick, I’m pretty sure we failed. We didn’t get through nearly as many “lessons” as I thought we would. On top of managing 3 that are doing school, I have a 3 year old and a 2 year old keeping me busy. And as I manage a total of 5 kids, I’m scratching my head thinking, “We expect teachers to handle 20+?” Now, granted, they are all the same age and they use one curriculum, and teach the same material to everyone in class. But does that really make it easier to manage them?!

I had to stop sitting and directing to cook lunch and school fell apart. But I don’t know how to make soup and sandwiches and make three kids stay on task. So, we put school aside, I finished cooking, we ate, and now they are outside. I almost started doubting this whole idea, as much as I love it and want it…I thought “can I really do this?” But you know what? They all learned something today, they are all happy today, they are all fed today, and this is day 1 with 3 in school. That changed our entire routine.

Tomorrow, we’ll get through a little more, I’ll start a little earlier, and I’ll be better prepared to be a little stricter. Plus, I know a little more of what to expect.

Seriously though, if 5 kids can be this challenging, what causes us to expect a single teacher to manage 20+ students? I really can’t make sense of this at all… thoughts?

About Regina Walker

I am a Jesus-girl, wife, mom, writer, sister, daughter, baker, cook, maid, teacher, business partner, farmer, and more. I am busy raising kids, and praying daily for them to be servants of Christ. I am the blessed wife of a very hard working man, together we own and operate our own business. We live on a small farm where we are learning more about sustainable living. We do our best to enjoy life, help others, and use the talents God gave us for His glory. Our goal is to teach our kids to do the same. I welcome all emails - you can reach me at reginawalker86@gmail.com - feel free to email me anytime, just be patient in waiting for my response!
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