If you’re looking for a quick tip for happier homeschool days, I bet you don’t have time to read a big, hairy blog post. So let’s keep it short and to the point. This one tweak could save you some stress and help you be more productive and satisfied with your homeschool days.
Question #1: “What do I want our homeschool days to look like?”
Question #2: Choose one item from your answer and ask yourself “What is one thing I can do today to get us closer to that ideal homeschool day?”
It might take a bit of soul-searching….or it might be your first gut reaction. Here are a couple of quick examples of what that process looks like:
#1: I want to read aloud to the kids every day….#2 I will change the schedule so that we read aloud first thing in the morning so we don’t put it off and end up skipping it.
Let’s say it’s not that simple and there’s something you’d like to do but it would be pretty hard to do it consistently:
#1: I want to use lapbooks to solidify my kids’ learning (but the 2-year-old eats the glue and we start the lapbook and don’t finish and it overwhelms me to think of adding a crafty project….#2 I will have my students choose one lapbook activity. We’ll glue it to a sheet of paper and put it in their notebook. And put the glue away in a locked box. Hey, it’s a start.
Deep down there are certain things you’ve dreamed of to make your homeschool days a success. When you don’t do them, you feel a vague, constant guilt and disappointment. By taking a cold, hard look at what you want, and making a definite plan to accomplish one doable step, the confusion will clear and you’ll gain focus to do some more.
Extra points if you sit down with your husband and try this together. I bet he’ll have some ideas to help with the implementation. Just keep it simple and straightforward–no homeschool overhaul. The point is to get you headed in the right direction and start some momentum…for happier homeschool days.