Our first Facebook Live event just happened today. You can watch it below or on our Facebook page. The topic was Story of the World, the history curriculum for elementary students. In 10 minutes, I explain what this curriculum consists of and how to use it twice – once with grades 1-4, then with grades 5-8.
The beauty of live video is that things can go wrong. When I heard a cat meowing, I thought our two cats were fighting, so I went to ask one of the kids to separate them. It turns out, they were not fighting. One of them was outside. The other one was meowing at my daughter’s bedroom door, asking her to open it. Epic.
Hopefully this incident amused you as much as it amused us. No matter how well you prepare for a live event, something usually happens to interrup the broadcast. That’s just part of it.
Here’s my motto: “Progress, not perfection.” I feel proud to have kept my word to you, to start producing Facebook Live Events. That’s progress. Nobody is perfect and no process is perfect. We will continue to improve and work hard not to have glitches, of course. But we will not seek perfection, otherwise we will never push that “Go Live” button.
The same is true of homeschooling. Every day, seek progress, not perfection, and the atmosphere in your learning environment will become more and more positive.
Curriculum, Connection, Confidence
This first live event falls in the category of Curriculum. The other two themes I plan to cover in Facebook Live events are Connection and Confidence. Do let me know if there are topics you would like me to cover, as I try to pay attention to what my audience needs.
For instance, I plan to cover expectations, which could easily fall under both Connection and Confidence. You see, I recently had a conversation with a public school mom who was in awe of homeschool moms. She has a friend who homeschools, but that friend tells her that homeschooling is perfect. They never have issues. It is super easy. Everybody is happy and things are just going great all the time. My friend, the public school mom, told me she was convinced that other lady, the homeschooler, was lying.
Who has the perfect life and lifestyle? Who has no problems in their daily life with children at home? What homeschooler is perfect? That’s just not realistic and that homeschooling mom was doing everybody a disservice by putting on a front of perfection and utopia.
Naturally, I assured my friend, the public school mom, that homeschooling has its ups and downs, that we do get tired and bored and burned out if we do not watch it. Like anybody else, we have good days and bad days. Overall, we like it enough to want to continue in it. And that’s that. She appreciated my honesty. I’ll see you next week.