When I ask other homeschool moms what their biggest struggle
is with homeschooling, they often say consistency. I have to be honest and say that it is one of
my biggest struggles as well. By
consistency we mean – getting into a regular routine where you are able to
cover all the subjects necessary.
your day. How can that possibly be the
case, you ask yourself.
Kindergarten I tried to do all the things.
There are so many amazing subjects to explore, and I wanted her to have
the opportunity to do all of them. This
was in addition to the normal reading, writing, arithmetic type classes. Here I was, knowing that I needed to complete
175 days of every.single.subject. I was
boxing myself into a corner before I even started homeschooling. I finally realized that I did not, in fact,
need to complete 175 days of every subject, and to think that I needed to in
the first place was completely misguided.
possibly can have. You want to read all
the amazing literature, go on all the field trips, give them the life skills
they need to live an amazing and productive life. You want to give them the best math
curriculum so they learn to love math (even if you hated math when you were in
school), you want to include nature walks and let them explore their
interests. Honestly, the entire
homeschool journey can make your head spin!
you want to explore with your child throughout the year, it can be extremely
daunting. You end up giving up before
you even start.
are so many wonderful subjects and ways to teach, but it is also incredibly freeing. Once you accept this, you will be
able to move forward with some winning strategies on consistency in your day.
kids the opportunity to learn about and explore those out of the box ideas that
they have. If my kids want to learn how
to sew costumes and make their own movie, I want to include that in our
curriculum. But, they also still need to
continue on with all of the other schooling they need to do.
removing items from your to-do list.
Yes, you heard me correctly, you need to do less in order to do more.
with all of your subjects, planned all out nicely in your Erin Condren Teacher Planner
just to end the day with a quarter of them checked off?
than my kids and have time to center myself and prepare for the day, but in
reality my oldest is up at 6am and starving.
Followed shortly by my 2 year old who wants to play with her brother who
is sleeping in. The dog decides that she
needs to go for a walk right.this.second even though I have already taken her
for one this morning. We start school,
but the 2 year old decides she needs to be the center of attention and screams
at the top of her lungs. And this is all
before 9:30 in the morning. Finally
everyone settles down to do school, but the book Emma is reading is boring, and
takes her forever to read her two chapters.
They want to play outside, and then it is lunch time and we have
completed 2 subjects. Then it is time
for the baby to take a nap, and I am already starting to think about
dinner. Where did the day go? Did we even do any school?
happen if I let it get that way.
your schedule for the day. Are you
putting too many things on the list?
guide. But, if I follow that instructor’s
guide, for two different levels, we are doing school for over 8 hours a
day. While I believe that homeschooling
is a job, it doesn’t have to be that intense.
So, we pick and choose and move things around to make it a better fit
for our family.
do heavy school for 4 days and then do fun school on Fridays. This allows us to explore our interests, get
to the library, or plan for field trips.
your loop schedule – this can be all the subjects, it can be the fun subjects,
it can be any different combination that you would like to use. Once you have that list you set your time for
the day to work on these subjects and start moving through the list, starting
at the top. When you finish the first
subject, move to the next, and the next, until your time is over. Once your time is over, you stop wherever you
are on your list of subjects. The next
day, during your loop schedule time, you start with the subject that you left
off at, and continue moving through the list.
the book Teaching from Rest by Sarah MacKenzie.
it is bad. It makes us think that we are
accomplishing so many things, when in reality we are not. Or if we are, it isn’t to the best of our
doing school – just do school. Don’t get
up to do laundry, or check your e-mail, or work on cleaning the kitchen, sit
with your kids and do school. Obviously
if your kids are able to be more independent on specific subjects, you don’t
need to sit with them constantly. But, I
have found that when I am sitting with my kids while they do their different
school tasks, they move faster. Emma
reads faster when I am sitting with her, Jack is able to complete math faster
if I am coaching him along the way.
Otherwise, kids are easily distracted, and can start doodling and day
dreaming about other activities they would rather be doing.
to let go. You think you need to do all
the things, but you really do not. You
need to give yourself some slack when it comes to “getting school done” during
learning opportunity for our children.
Math can be done in the grocery store, science on nature walks, and
history on field trips to the museum. If
you allow yourself to let go of some of the pressure, some of the concern that
your child is missing out – that Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) – you will find
more consistency in your days. And not
only will you find consistency, but you will find peace.
scheduling. Will reading really only
take 20 minutes, or is it more likely to take 30-40 minutes? Make sure you include time for mothering as
well as teaching. Put recess into your
day, so when you complete a subject or two, you can then send the kids outside
to run off some steam.
day? What are you able to let go of in
order to create more peace in your home?