Homeschooling is a challenge on a lot of different levels. It adds a level of complexity and depth to your day that nothing else will. Other things will, as a matter of necessity, fall by the wayside when you’re homeschooling, simply because there are not enough hours in the day to “do it all.” You can choose to have a spotless house, or one in which the children have performed science experiments, completed art projects, and scattered books everywhere. You can cook a healthy lunch and dinner every day, or you can supervise the aforementioned projects so that they don’t take over the entire house. Unfortunately, this is true whatever your children’s ages or ability levels may be: sometimes, homeschooling is going to take up your time and your energy.
This is particularly true of distracted children. Some children learn very well independently. Their parents can turn them loose to do whatever they need to do, poking their heads in every once in a while to make sure that everything is going smoothly. They will finish their assignments quickly and competently, coming out if they have a question or something that needs parental assistance, but otherwise working through the material without a problem.
Then there are children with ADD, ADHD, or simply trouble focusing on various aspects of schoolwork.
They aren’t bad kids. They aren’t necessarily trying to get in trouble. They simply have trouble focusing. The sound of the dryer cutting off, or the washer switching cycles, is enough to make them lose track of the lesson they’re supposed to be working on. Their brother or sister’s exclamation about the lesson they’re doing will require them to start all over again. Mom walking into the kitchen to start a batch of cookies means that nothing else will be accomplished until at least one of the cookies has been consumed.
Sometimes, the amount of attention a parent pays to what is going on during the school day is directly proportional to the amount of work the student actually accomplishes. It’s a hard truth, especially for parents who have other things they want to do with their day. No one “has time” to sit there while their child reads over an assignment (very, very slowly) that they’re fully capable of completing on their own. No one wants to look over their child’s shoulder every moment of every day. Unfortunately, sometimes, it’s necessary.