Homeschooling can go along without a bump for a while until one day it happens… most of us have had days where we look around and see clutter and chaos and we want to say, “Get dressed, all of you, I’m taking you over to that school to enroll you!”
Whoa! Take a deep breath. Step back from the ledge. You really don’t mean it.
What do you do when you have a day like that?
What prevents you from having another day like that?
For me this usually meant I needed to change things up. I would call for an HOUR OF POWER which meant setting a timer and turning on some peppy music and everyone cleaning up things for an hour. This made us move around, we ended up with things back in place, and we could sing along to the music or chat with each other as we worked. When the hour ended everyone is relieved and ready to accomplish some school work, or bake some cookies!
In our house, life drives our learning and school doesn’t drive our life.
On the scary days, we need to remember our reason for homeschooling. For me it was the goal of raising my kids up to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and keeping a close relationship between our family members. I personally hated jumping to the tune the schools played. I mean things like waking up my infant from her afternoon nap to walk over to the school and retrieve my older kids. Things like bullies, and my kids emulating all kinds of bad behavior. Things were simpler once we were all at home.
How about you? Please share what’s going on in your homeschool. How do you cope when you have a day of wanting to give up? What encourages you?