As a Homeschooling mother I wear a few hats. Not only am I mom, and primary caregiver, but I am her educator and am responsible not only for nutritional content of food, safety in the home, clean clothing, warm blankets and of course lots of love, I also am responsible for finding her curriculum and choosing what she will do and what she won't as a First Grader.
Some days it's easy, and some days it isn't. I have to know where she's going to have trouble and praise her liberally, and help her through the rough spots... Sometimes it's easier than others as I have my own failings and things academically where I do not flourish as well as I could. On top of that I also am the primary breadwinner for the family, and cover things by writing, being a certified doula (which is a trained labor assistant) and working with any thing I can as a freelance IT consultant. Those are the days I am thankful for an extended network that I keep in touch with as a homeschooling mom... because I am not alone in this.
Is it worth it?
Oh every minute of it.
Talking with other mothers in my shoes we find how they balance it out – J is a nurse down in the South East. She works three days on, and four days off. Her boys homeschool schedule is very similar, but their child care provider helps while she is at work and they flourish, bright attentive boys who have done this since first grade as well.
Over the course of this series I'll cover things I do for the homeschool curriculum for my first grader, but will also be talking to and relating a few stories of other homeschoolers in the first grade and how they work their own curriculum.