Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Balance in Homeschooling

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Balance.  I am constantly thinking about it.  How can I balance everything?  I want to keep all of the balls in the air at once; make sure that I am personally fulfilled, that my marriage is healthy, my kids are happy, we are eating well and taking care of the earth, all of it is important to me.

I haven’t thought as much about balance with homeschooling until recently.

Emma is getting more involved with her schooling.  She is interested in projects, but being just 6 she still needs a lot of one on one help from me.  She has quite the imagination, and thoroughly thinks through what she wants her projects to be like when she is finished with them.

I love that dedicated time that we take for school, but at the same time it makes getting “everything else” done pretty impossible – at least for me.

We have always focused on play, but now there is a crossover between play and projects. 

Currently Emma is studying turtles.  She loves all things turtles.  We have books from the library.  We have watched the Sci Girls Turtle episode at least 50 times, she is building a basking platform outside (there are nails and a hammer involved…), and she has a project board where she is putting her drawings and little facts.  It is fun, we are enjoying it.  But, she needs my help with it constantly.

She isn’t allowed to go on the computer by herself, so every time she needs help looking up a specific turtle fact or picture, I am there.  She obviously isn’t allowed to use a hammer and nails by herself.  She needs help spelling her words.  All of this I love doing, but when I turn around it is 5 o’clock and I haven’t started dinner, and Matt is walking in the door from work.


The school charts I made last week have been working wonders with getting all of our school accomplished.  Both kids want to check all their boxes as quickly as possible.  This has helped to not drag out school all day.  

I like to let the kids do as much school as they want, while still completing the portions that I have planned to cover throughout the week.  What happens is I have very excited kids and they want to keep doing school that needs my oversight!

I’m not sure how to have complete balance with homeschooling and homemaking and every other ball I have in the air, but I am working towards it. 

I am looking forward to going through some of these homeschooling books from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle that is on sale right now – especially the Year Round Homeschooling Planner.

How do you achieve balance while homeschooling?  Or is balance not possible in these early years of homeschooling?

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