As I looked around my homeschool space I saw books, pencils, crayons, projects that we were working on and of course my children ;) I also saw garbage, empty glue sticks, craft supplies, and clutter strewn throughout the room.
Most of us have been in the books again for a few weeks. For some, the homeschool year has started out great. Kids like what they are learning, and it has been smooth sailing. For others, it may be going rough. Kids hate the curriculum, mom hates the curriculum, and no one is learning anything. So, what do you do when the curriculum isn’t working?
As my oldest enters middle school I am realizing the importance of teaching her good study habits. So far this has consisted of telling her to “go study for your test”. That is the same thing I was told as a child. It didn’t work out to well for me…. AND based on her last history grade it’s not working out that great for her either.
You have your homeschool plans all laid out. You know what they day will entail, and are ready to go. And then…. life happens.
- Family emergency
- Kids get sick
- Power goes out
- Water leak
- Roof leak
- Heat pump goes kaput
- Mom gets sick
You know… life. When life happens school oftentimes still needs to go on. But how? Most if not all of these require attention from mom. They require us to rearrange our days and our schedules. They are genuine reasons to STOP homeschooling for the day.
The alarm goes off at 5:15 am. Within minutes I’m up and working as a VA. A few hours later the kids begin to roll out of bed and I start hearing the word “mom”. Breakfast needs to be made, and chores need managed. Before too long I’m gathering up the kids for school time. Hours later more food needs cooked and served, followed by more time teaching.