We are 3 weeks into this homeschooling adventure. All in all I think it is going pretty well. Leighton is loving it and Caedmon is having fun playing with trains or reading or whatever during the class time and I am learning how to balance my attention between the two of them.
Clint and I had to sit down the other night though and try and get on the same page. For the most part we are sharing the homeschooling, since he works at the local charter school 1 day a week and then subs from time to time, and I work 12-14 shifts in the ER. However the last couple of weeks he has been called in to sub almost every day, and while that’s been great it’s been a little rough on the schedule. For a number of days, he would walk in at 3:15 and I’d head out at 3:30 for my 4PM shift. And then I’d get home at 1:30 or 2AM and he’d have to leave again at 7AM and so we were two ships passing in the night. I love doing the homeschooling but when we had decided to do it we had planned on it being more of a shared thing and something that we did a little more together, rather than me running on less than 5 hours of sleep and teaching all day and then working all night and repeating that a number of days in a row. It’s hard to be a team when the team is never in the same place at the same time.
So we sat down and went through our schedule for the next couple of months and looked at when good sub days would be and what options we have and how to function as a team and partnership in this together. Sometimes the ship just needs a little fine tuning in order to run its best.
And so we are learning. There are many hurdles to cross in the weeks to come I’m sure, but at least we are working together now.