What in the world?
I normally do not post other’s writings/Facebook posts/etc. However, I am making an exception today. This stepmom uses the Nacho Kids method and is doing something many stepmoms think is impossible. Yep, this Nacho stepmom homeschools her stepkid! And, she wants to!
She wanted to try
Last year, this stepmom in my Nacho Kids Facebook group reached out to me to ask my thoughts on her homeschooling her stepkid. She had concerns she may lose the progress she had made with Nachoing. I assured her she could still Nacho while homeschooling the stepkid. Of course, I had a lot of faith in her because I knew she had a good understanding of the Nacho Kids method, and she truly wanted to help her stepkid by homeschooling him.
A few weeks ago, this same lady, Joni Bettis Rowland, wrote a post in my group that I felt could help a lot of stepmoms right now with all the changes with schools due to the pandemic. I asked if I could share her post publicly and she said “Yes!”.
I’d like to thank Joni for allowing me to share this in hopes of helping other stepmoms that are concerned they cannot continue to Nacho and homeschool. You are proof it can be done and done well!
See a copy of Joni’s post below with tips on how a Nacho stepmom can homeschool their stepkid!
A Word From Joni Bettis Rowland:
“Homeschooling is a hot topic right now. Especially since so many have been forced into it by their school districts.
I have been homeschooling my youngest stepson almost a year now and I have learned these things.
- You must have an agreement with dad in place and clear expectations and be on the same page before you begin. My husband wanted me to homeschool his son and it was a great chance for him. However; we had to create clear expectations and that if it did not work out that it would be ok. For some of you, it is the school district deciding these things. I would say walk in some grace if you can. These are uncharted waters. If dad can’t agree to any terms and structure then he can’t have any expectations of you helping.
- If you are overwhelmed and are going to be the main teacher in your home; ask dad for help where he can. My husband tackled helping my kindergarten kiddo learning to hold her pencil properly because they are both lefties. I was seriously in tears because we struggled and he helped her and it clicked.
- Don’t feel that homeschooling gives you any more control over anything other than directing the ship. I approach this just as I would any child in my classroom. I give the best I can and I expect the child to meet me and work as he would at school.
- Develop a clear plan for handling problems. There will be times you have to report negative things to dad. I have had to write my stepson up and have him take it to dad to get a signature and that usually nips anything quickly. Dad handled it just as if he would a teacher at school and I didn’t face any backlash as if I had tried to deal with it entirely on my own.
- This year will be different. I am thankful we are choosing our own curriculum and pacing and I don’t have to stress over who gets on the computer at what time. Remember that this will be a year where many families face the same issues. So you won’t be alone.
- Reach out for help from others when you get ready to lock yourself in a closet and eat chocolate for eight hours straight.”