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There are days. You know the days. Either everyone got up late, the kids are refusing to cooperate, or you just don’t feel good. Those are the days I just don’t want to homeschool. It’s not like I want to totally give up on homeschooling. I just want to give up for the day. Ever have those days?
Then, the guilt sets in. My mind goes to “This is a school day. The kids should do school!” Do I force us all to do school and like it? Do I let the kids have a free day? Ugh. The guilt.
I used to have that internal struggle waffling between making ourselves miserable by doing school and letting the kids run free. I have made both decisions and usually neither one really works out in our favor. Then, a friend told me her remedy for those days that takes care of the problem without the guilt – Netflix.
The Benefits of Netflix Homeschooling Days
Seriously. Netflix. And Amazon Prime. At first, I was shocked at my friend who I saw as a wonderful homeschooling mom with smart, amazing kids. Did she really let her kids watch TV for an entire school day??
The idea of letting my kids watch Netflix on a school day was always another source of guilt for me. In my mind. it was just a way to get no education at all that day. My problem was that I was looking at it all wrong. My friend shared some wisdom with me that allowed me to see things differently. Now, I see great benefits of watching Netflix on days when we don’t feel like homeschooling. Plus, I feel no guilt!
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Not all Netflix or Amazon Prime programs are TV dramas or movies. There is a huge collection of educational shows and documentaries available. Shows like Wild Kratts, The Magic School Bus, and Bill Nye The Science Guy, Planet Earth, Brain Games, and How The States Got Their Shape are favorites in our house. I am a fan of documentaries and between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube, there is a documentary for almost any interest of subject.
Teach While Entertain
If I add a documentary or TV show to our regular homeschool day, the kids will look at it as an extension of the text and decide not to like it. If we watch the same program on a “Netflix Day” instead of “doing school”, they realize the entertainment value and will watch happily…while learning at the same time. Frustrating, but true.
Learn From Experts
At one point of watching a documentary about ancient Egypt, it hit me. Why would I feel guilty about my kids learning from this show rather than a textbook? In the documentary, expert after expert who actually work and research in the field were being interviewed. I’m not sure where textbook authors get their information or how well they really understand it. The documentary gave my kids the opportunity to learn directly from experts in the field.
On Site Learning
I love textbooks and resource books with lots of colorful photos and images. They bring the reading to life. Netflix and Amazon Prime shows are like a photo book on steroids. My kids can go on an African safari or visit the pyramids in Egypt without leaving the living room. Video draws kids in even more than flat images.
Your Favorite Educational Shows
Do you let your kids watch TV at all on school days? Do you have Netflix days at your house, too? What are your favorite shows or documentaries?
Do You Have Homeschool Mom Guilt?
As moms, we all carry a little “mom guilt”. Maybe, we let the kids have leftover birthday cake for breakfast because we just didn’t feel like making anything else. Have you ever hid chocolate in your room so the kids wouldn’t find it and you could eat it in peace and then felt bad about it? Um…me neither.
Homeschool moms can feel even more guilt. We are with our children all.the.time and responsible for their education and their ability to have a successful life when they leave home. We feel guilty if our children don’t know their multiplication tables as well as their friends. We feel guilty if we don’t expose them to enough this or that. We feel guilty if there are homeschooling books everywhere. Ugh.
We’re all human and no one is perfect. So, the bloggers of iHomeschoolNetwork are keeping it real today by sharing a variety of ways that we feel homeschool mom guilt in this homeschool bingo game. Head over to the landing page and take heart – you are not alone! Plus, enter to win some awesome prizes!