This month we are welcoming Tabulated Team Member, Hannah, as our guest blogger! Hannah is a homeschooling Mom and was happy to share tips to us “new” homeschooling Moms!
I think sometimes when people hear about families homeschooling they imagine it always being a perfectly organized scene where all children are sitting politely and hanging on every word. More often than not, when I tell people we homeschool, I hear phrases like “Oh, I couldn’t do that!” It’s as if there’s a feeling that homeschooling is for only those moms who possess superpowers. I personally think all moms have superpowers.
Confession #1: homeschooling isn’t easy.
Homeschooling isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and you know what? I get it (some days it’s not mine either). BUT, whether you are a seasoned homeschool family, you’re thinking about homeschooling, or you’ve recently been thrust into the world of homeschooling by a certain virus we won’t mention, I’m here to tell you, you CAN do it! It may not always be pretty, but that’s ok.
I believe in being organized and what it can do in our lives, but I also believe in keeping it real. So, children always sitting perfectly and hanging on every word? That’s ideal but not always realistic. Life (meals, laundry, business calls, Dr. appts, younger siblings’ needs) still continues while we are trying to teach.
Confession #2: homeschooling at our house actually kind of looks like this:
Of course, different styles work for different families. Some are more rigid, some are more lax, and that is the beauty of homeschooling! BUT, whether you are watching the clock, or leisurely working through your days and hoping you checked all the boxes, here are a few tips for maintaining some sanity during the process of schooling at home:
- Identify your “why” for homeschooling
On the hard days, there’s something powerful about being able to think back to the beginning and say “Oh yeah, THIS is why we chose to do this.”
OR, if you find yourself being forced into this new role of teacher, you can remind yourself that you DIDN’T choose this, that it’s only temporary, and that it’s ok to be muddling through right now. You aren’t alone.
- Use your space to your advantage
- Keep organization simple
- Patience, Patience, Patience