A new homeschool year is just around the corner, and chances are you are busy planning. You may be feeling overwhelmed, and wondering how in the world you are going to get it “all” done. I know, I have been there! With three kids, in three different grades, I had to do something to make our homeschool days a little easier. So, I simplified. And, you can too!
Here are four ways to simplify your homeschool
Even if you do have children in different grades, there are subjects you can teach together. Science, Bible, History, Art, are all examples of subjects that can be combined. These subjects can be combined using unit studies, curriculum like Apologia, God’s Design for Science, Mystery of History, My Fathers World, Heart of Dakota, or another similar curriculum. When you combine subjects you are able to teach just ONE time. This saves you time and maybe a bit of your sanity ;)
One of the BEST changes we made in our homeschool was when I backed off. Yes, that’s right; I let my children learn more independently. This was HUGE. It gave them responsibility and allowed me the break I needed to focus more on my preschooler. There are many curriculum companies out there that allow children to work on their subjects independently. Rod and Staff, Christian Light Education, Easy Peasy, Teaching Textbooks, AOP Lifepac, and many others offer a curriculum that allows children to work independently in a variety of different subjects.
I have been homeschooling for over 5 years, and one thing I have realized is that no matter how “bad” I think the school year has been, my kids have learned. A lot. As homeschool moms, we are often so hard on ourselves and run ourselves ragged to ensure our kids aren’t “behind”. When in reality, we really just need to relax! School will happen, our kids will learn, and stressing about it really does NO good.
You know when I am the most stressed? When I have spent the week running my kids to all their different “socialization” opportunities. This takes time away from school and adds to my overall stress level. My recommendation? Stay home! At least 1-2 days each week. Field trips are great, but three in one week? Not necessary! Co-op classes are awesome! But, those combined with piano, and soccer, and scouts? Not so much…. Minimize the activities and stay home a few days. Believe me. You won’t regret it!
How do you simplify your homeschool?
Author Bio: Misty Bailey is the blogger behind Joy in the Journey and the podcaster behind Joyfully Homeschooling. Her goal in this online space is to encourage and inspire you on your homeschool journey by providing practical tips for real life homeschooling. Through real stories, real struggles, and real life, Misty encourages her blog readers and podcast listeners to embrace imperfection and strive for a more joyful homeschool.