3 Easy Ways to Stay Sane When You Homeschool

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Nowadays, many parents homeschool their kids. And while it can be highly rewarding, that means they have even less time than parents who don’t. If you are a homeschooling parent, here are three easy ways to keep your sanity intact when homeschooling your children each day.

Take What You Can Get

Not every day is going to work out. There will be days that turn into meltdowns, but the benefits far out way them. If you can get your kids to sit for 30 minutes to an hour at a time, without a problem, that is a good day. There are some days you will get lots of learning done and then there are others that nothing gets done.

So, instead of worrying about what you are accomplishing in one day, consider the connections you are making with your kids. Also, consider the big picture instead of looking at each day by itself. There are many homeschooling groups, so consider joining one to connect with other parents and share ideas.

Have Fun While Teaching Your Children

You don’t have to make the whole day about writing, reading and arithmetic. However, do make the whole day about learning. Many teachers will tell you that you don’t have to be doing book work every single hour of the day for your child to learn. They learn from interacting with peers and adults.

They learn from playing in the mud. Best of all, they learn from watching their parents go through their day. The best way to tutor your kids is to make it fun and inviting. If your children are bored out of their minds, the learning has stopped. And you are just wasting your energy.

Turn a book assignment into a play, teach the periodic tables through a fun color-coded game, and use manipulatives to teach division. Whatever way you decide to tutor your kids, make sure you enjoy the time you instruct your kids and they will enjoy learning.

Be Flexible with Your Schedule

You don’t have to schedule every second of your child’s day. Sometimes your schedule will not work out and other times you will be on track. If you feel guilty when your schedule doesn’t work out, you will waste time feeling bad about your failed plans. And your mind will be filled with worry that your kids are not learning.

Instead, throw that schedule out the window and work on a more flexible way of learning. If you leave your learning open, you will find that your kids will begin to learn things on their own that you may have not thought they were ready for. This opens a whole new world of learning up to them. Also, it helps you to see the person that your kid will grow up to be.

These three tips should help you stay sane when you homeschool your children. Try one or try them all, but remember to enjoy the process – and your kids, too.

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  1. Lynda Hood says:

    I homeschooled my children K-5th grade when it was illegal in Texas (mid 1980s). i felt I had be VERY scheduled with our activities and lesson plans in case someone checked up on us. My husband was also busy running a business from our home. Needless to say, I was a a little frazzled sometimes trying to teach 2 girls who were only 16 months apart in age, but it was worth it to make sure they had confidence and a good foundation. I never wanted them to be afraid to ask questions and told them if they pursued reading, they could learn anything.

    One of the most eye-opening experiences I had was when one of my girls (7 yrs old) said she was ready to take her spelling test so she could move on to the next chapter. I told her she needed to wait because of a business call I had to take. She trotted off and later returned with her spelling test, complete with check marks beside each correctly spelled word and any incorrect ones had been re-written 5 times each along the side. (She rarely missed any.) I told her I needed to call the words out for a real test and she said that she did it on her own by reading the spelling words from the book into her Fisher-Price cassette player. She told me she got out her notebook paper, replayed the words one by one, took her test, then opened her book to confirm if the words were correct! I was so proud that she took the initiative and that’s the way they took their spelling tests from then on. Sometimes they wanted to “be the teacher” and would call out the words to each other. They kept each other honest and that worked for me!

    The other thing that “set us free” was setting up an incentive chart for each girl. The kind with the little 1/2″ squares that you can put on little stars or happy face stickers. The chart had about 36 rows that represented the weeks in the school year and several columns that represented each subject and I wrote the chapter numbers in each square going vertically. As they completed a chapter and the work related to it, they got to cover it up with a sticker. I told them it didn’t matter which subject they wanted to work on, as long as every square was filled by the end of the school year. There would be some days that one only wanted to do math and they might get 2 or 3 chapters done in a single day. Other days, they wanted to just do reading and spelling and would sometimes sit on a blanket in the back yard while they did it. For science, I had them draw or do a little craft while i read the book like it was story time. It was amazing how much they retained. When they were tested before entering 6th grade, both of them scored post-high school in science…

    Many people tell me there is NO WAY they could ever teach their children at home. I try to gently remind them that they’ve been teaching them since birth! If you just stay one chapter ahead of them, you can do it!

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