Why I do not take a lot of breaks…

Those that know me in real life know I try to plan our school schedule around my farmer.  He seems to need me to do more running for him in the spring than the fall.

Our state requires 180 day of homeschool.  We do that.  Be we often start school in early August, before the public school students go back.  I personally do not like to take a lot of breaks in the school year.  Family vacation, a few days at Christmas, but that’s about it.  We push through the school year (including a lot of Saturdays) with the goal to be done in early spring.

Another reason we push and do not take a lot of breaks is my job.  There’s usually one week in October that is crazy busy for me.  I will often adjust the school schedule that week to get it all done.  So, while we may miss a day in October, we have had school every Thanksgiving Day since started our journey.

This crazy schedule may not work for you, but it works for our family.  I often plan my days around meetings.  While we do school most mornings before I leave for work, there are some days we do it all in the evening.

Let me encourage you to find what works for you.  It is possible to homeschool and be employed.  Your schedule just may not look like the rest of the world- and that’s ok.

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Why Work and Homeschool?

It’s a question I’m often asked.  Why I work and homeschool.

Telling me I can’t do something is an assurance I’m going to try to do it.  I heard it over and over.  There’s no way you can maintain employment, homeschool your daughter and keep your sanity.  Challenge accepted.

We choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons.  We wanted faith to be a part of our child’s education.  Although we feel like there is a time and place for public school, we didn’t feel it was the time for us. (In our rural area, private schools are an hour away, so that was never a choice for us.  Let me also be clear, the public school district we live in is a good school district.)  I personally did not want to be tied down to the school’s schedule.  My husband’s schedule best allows for travel in the winter and we want to travel.  We wanted to make sure our child learned subjects we felt important (yes, we cover all the required ones…but include cursive writing for example.)

So, we knew we wanted to homeschool.  I felt like with only one student I could work part time as well.  (Actually, when we started this homeschooling journey, I was working 40+ hours a week.  Then I had an opportunity to do something closer to home with less hours and I accepted.)  I feel like I can still contribute to providing for our family.

I do not have a housekeeper and my house is never perfect- but clean.  If it were not for a time delay on my washing machine, I’m not sure I could keep up on laundry.  We eat a lot of meals prepared in the crockpot- and sometimes on paper plates.  I often pay bills and keep the books for my husband’s business before the sun comes up.  (I’m naturally a morning person…but I love to be in bed early.)

It boils down to this, homeschooling and being employed are what work best for my family at this season of life.  It isn’t for everyone, but if you need or want to work and are considering homeschooling, let me encourage you it is possible.  Give yourself the grace you need to succeed…and grace to grow and organize your life as you figure out how to make it work.  (It took a lot of trial and error for me!)

 

What I’m Reading

I enjoy reading and think it’s a great thing for our homeschool student to see me read.  I also feel reading important for those of us in leadership positions- be it in the home or the workplace.  I’m currently reading Order Your Private World.   You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2merlhC

If you are struggling with organizing your time (or your space), this is a great read.  I encourage you to let your child see you read!

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When Homeschooling Seems Hard

It’s the time of year many struggle with homeschooling.  The weather is often less than idea and we get stuck in the rut of the daily grind.  Many of us choose homeschooling for a variety of reasons.  It’s when we find ourselves in a difficult season of homeschooling that I need to remind myself why I choose to homeschool.

May you be blessed as you homeschool today.

When Math Seems Hard…

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Math is a subject in which many students struggle.  While I use Abeka math, we have found that Kumon Workbooks work well when extra practice is needed to master a subject or concept.  You can find a variety of Kumon Workbooks at the link below.  (They do offer more than math.)

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What About Field Trips?

Field trips, especially since I work, can be tricky.  When the homeschool groups we are a part of go on group trips, I’m often at the office and will have something scheduled where I just can’t get away.  (Thankfully, my job is flexible, but sometimes I just cannot make it work.)

So, how do you fit in field trips?  For us, we often make it a part of our family vacation.  National Parks, an active rock mine, aquariums, NASA…we have done all that as a day or so of a weeklong vacation or long weekend.

I suggest you find what works best for your schedule.  Maybe you can go to a local museum on a weekend (we have done that too).  Maybe you can make your schedule work to go when other local homeschool families take a field trip.  Or maybe it’s a nature walk through your local park.  Just do what works best for your schedule.

Have you been on an exciting field trip lately?  I would love to hear about it.

Our current book report read…

As an employed homeschooling mom, I often find an easy subject for my student when she is in the care of others is to work on a book report.  She reads a book within a certain time frame and writes a report.  This works well with our schedule.

Here’s the most current book she is reading…

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You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2lfgRkG

(If you purchase from the link above, a small portion of your purchase goes to support this site.  Thank you for your support.)

I’d love to hear your book report book suggestions!