Will homeschooling work for your family? Five thoughts to ponder…

I have wrote about my schedule and what my day looks like again this week.  I’ve talked to more than one mom recently that wants to make homeschool and working outside the home work for her family, but is not sure how.  Here are some things to ponder:

5.  Find a curriculum that works for both you and your child.  (In my case, that’s Abeka and Classical Conversations.)  There is no one curriculum right for everyone- so do not be afraid to try something different.

4.  Be prepared to have a little mess in your house. We do our best to keep ours picked up, but some days between homework (maybe it’s a day we have a new hard to understand concept), work and say an evening meeting it just does not happen.  Be prepared to give yourself some grace in this area.

3.  Find the routine and schedule that work best for your family.  Just because it works best to do math at 6:30 am for us does not mean that will work for your situation.  Will 6:30 pm work better for your schedule and your child?  That’s the beauty of homeschooling, you can do what works best for you.  (In case you are wondering, it took the better part of two years for me to find a schedule that truly worked for us.)

2.  Know up front there are going to be hard days.  Just like students have bad days in a school setting, there are going to be tough days at home.  Maybe it’s a problem understanding fractions or an new concept in science.  Be ready to keep at it, even if there is a bad day now and again.

1.Give yourself grace.  Especially the first year- give yourself grace.  There are no perfect situations or moms.  It takes patience and hard work, but you can make the homeschool journey- while working outside the home should you choose- work for you.

Keep working hard Momma, you can make this work if you try.






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Handling Busy

Busy.  It’s almost an ugly word some days, but some would say something expected in our society.  With work commitments, volunteer opportunities and activities for my daughter…it can get busy.  I’m looking at next week’s schedule (you figured it out, I write and schedule publishing ahead of time most weeks) in my planner and I’ll be home one night between extracurricular activities, church, work meetings and other commitments.

How do I handle school with all this going on?  For one, I know I have a chunk of time on Saturday morning to finish up any one on one work we did not get completed Monday-Friday.  So, while I plan on six days of school this week, I’m only planning five lessons in each subject.  If we fall behind someplace, we have time to make it up.  If we do not fall behind, I’ll add in day six of lessons for the week.  (One day closer to summer break.)

With the exception of one evening, I’ll be home a while with our daughter between work and the commitments starting.  So that will provide time to finish up one on one work.

I would also add, the crockpot will be my friend this week.  We will probably be gone enough the house will not be horrible.  (I do try to clean one room a day.  Try is a key word.)

Do you have any tips for handling busy?



My day, in detail.

I’ve been asked several times lately (in person if you know me) about how my daily schedule works.  I wrote about it here.  But some of you have asked for more detail, so below is generally what my day looks like.  (It’s a good guideline, but no day is ever perfectly scheduled.)

5am- I am up no later this this.  I use this time for personal time, to work on my husband’s books, start a load of laundry, start dinner, etc.

6am- Wake up my student.  Start preparing her books to work on and pack what she will take with her during the day if we will not be using it (for example, the handwriting book).

When she is ready for the day, math starts.  We most often eat and have math at the same time.  (Let me add, we have learned for her, it’s best to do math first.  Your child may do better with a different subject first.)  Once math is done, we start with English (or maybe a different subject) if we have time and then it’s out the door.

Office time-  While I work, she does handwriting, writes her spelling words (tests are on Friday mornings), reading (she is a proficient reader, so we are to the point of doing this on her own, but I do talk to her about it), read a book for a book report, any journaling, math speed drills, Classical Conversations review, etc.  When I send with her when she is not with me is items she needs to do, but  I do not need to stand over the top of her or give one on one help.

Once we are back home for the day, we finish up any subjects we need to finish and  I generally review what she did while away from me.  She also practices piano and does some type of physical activity.

At this point, it’s usually time for dinner or some evening activity (piano lessons, for example).  I’ll finish up any household chores, we may go for a walk, etc.

We strive to have our student in bed by 8pm, but let’s be real, that does not always happen.

There you go, that’s a detailed version of my day.  Keep in mind because this works for our family does not mean it will work for you.  I encourage you to find what works for you.  Make sure and give yourself grace, especially if you are new to homeschooling.





How do you choose curriculum? My five questions.

It’s the time of year that I am starting to evaluate our curriculum choices for next year.  (Before I write any further, you should know I do not like change.)  Here’s my top five questions in thinking about choices for next year:

  1.  Is what I am using currently working?
  2. Would my child benefit from a change, even if it currently working?
  3. Will this curriculum fit into my schedule as a working mom?  (There are some excellent programs out there, but they are over the top time consuming in my opinion.  At this season, that does not work for us- in time allotment or attention span.)
  4. Can I make it fit in the budget of what I want to spend?  (I’m not opposed to buying some used books either.)
  5. Will my child benefit overall from the change?

While I really like what I use, I do think we will benefit from a change in a couple of subjects- reading and spelling.  Are you thinking about any changes next year?


Summer Reading…I found a few books!

I mentioned yesterday that I was looking for some summer reading books.  Amazon has the Who Was… books on sale for as low as $2.49.

I just purchased Who Was Anne Frank ( http://amzn.to/2mRRffm ) and Who Was Amelia Earhart ( http://amzn.to/2mwGTAH ) for my daughter.  Have you found any new books for summer?

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