Homeschool moms have one of the hardest jobs out there. You work from sun up to sun down. Your job consists of all that is included in a homemaker and a mom, and on top of that, you work a third job as a teacher. It is easy to become overwhelmed, stressed, and burnt out.
However, it doesn’t have to be like that. There are ways to make your homeschool more successful and less stressful.
Here are five tips to successful homeschooling
Looking back at my school days my favorite teachers were the ones who made learning fun. My first few years of homeschooling, I insisted on sitting and learning while I read. It was NOT fun! Once I realized that learning could be fun, I began to relax. I didn’t push as much. I had fun with my kids, and our homeschool became a much more relaxed environment. So, breath, relax and realize that there is not one size fits all homeschool.
If you become overwhelmed don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it be from your husband, a friend, or even your children. Don’t assume you can keep up with all of the housework, childcare and homeschool on your own. Children can pitch in and help from a young age, older children can help with the younger kids, and friends can exchange childcare. When mine were all younger, I had a mothers helper come in twice a month and play with my kids while I got caught up on housework, ran errands or took a nap. This helped me so much and left me feeling refreshed and recharged.
Reduce Outside Commitments
If you have multiple kids in multiple activities stop some now! Outside commitments are an energy zapper, and often times are not necessary. Think before you say yes to an outside commitment. Decide as a family what you will say yes too, and keep this agreement. One thing we have done to help with this is limit each child to one activity at a time. That’s it!
Don’t Do All Subjects Every Day
You do not have to hit every subject every day. Our school schedule rotates from day to day. Tuesdays and Thursdays, we do Science, Monday and Wednesday we do History, Grammar and Math are done each day but even those we rotate around to an extent. Some homeschoolers do Science for a month, then History. Trying to get every subject in each day will wear you down quickly. Fine a rotation or schedule that works for you.
Make Time for Fun
Homeschoolers are in charge of their schedules. Don’t let a schedule or schoolwork dictate all your time and never get out with friends. Make time to get together with your homeschool group, or go out to lunch with friends. Schedule a park day or a field trip. Make time for fun. You will enjoy the fellowship and so will your kids!
These are just a few ways that you can have a successful homeschool! Just remember to make time for fun, find a schedule that works for you, and relax! Homeschooling can be a lot of fun, and is something that will leave you and your kids with cherished memories.
Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.