Let me start by saying that I am not much of a morning person. Despite the fact that I often roll out of bed around seven, I am not a morning person. Getting up that early is not something I’d choose to do, it just seems to happen, and I don’t know why.
The flexibility of homeschooling gives us great flexibility in our schedules. We don’t have to get up at a specific hour, or go to bed by a certain time. We can schedule doctor’s appointments whenever we need them and whenever they can fit us in, and can go where we want, when we want when it comes to theme parks, museums, movies, and more.
But if you’re not a morning person, or you’re not a person that’s good with creating your own schedule rather than following one that is, at least in part, prescribed by someone else, that flexibility can also be your downfall. You might find yourself starting school at drastically different hours every day, not having any idea what order things should be taught in (trying to teach division before subtraction, for example), or losing track of supplies, books, lesson plans – assuming you even had them to start with.
There are plenty of ideas out there on how to plan your homeschool – planners designed specifically for homeschool, tips on how to plan for a week, a month, or even a whole year at a time, hundreds of thousands of posts on crockpot meals, or how to shop for three months at a time and freeze everything in bags that are ready to create a meal simply by taking them out of the freezer, or organize your supply closet so you can find the craft supplies you bought for the art project you’ll be doing next June. Of course, all those things are starting with the assumption that you’re already at least a little bit organized.
But sometimes it can be harder to find what you’re really looking for – tips on how to plan a quick, easy, relatively healthy meal when you forgot to get something out of the freezer, suggestions on how to do your hair that is quick and looks like you actually did something with it, or how to come up with a chore schedule that actually gives you clean clothes and a clean bathroom on a consistent basis without sacrificing sleep or meals. Most of those posts that talk about supply closets and shopping for three months at a time also work on the assumption that they’re talking to married moms who have a husband to help, either with income, time, or other things.
So, that’s what we’re going to talk about today. What part of real life are you struggling to figure out now that you homeschool? If homeschool is where you struggle, what is it that’s giving you problems? Share what it is that you need help with, and let’s see what kinds of tips, advice, and suggestions others can give. Not everything will work for everyone, of course, but sometimes an outsider can see a possible solution that you didn’t.
If you don’t feel that you’re struggling anywhere, share with us some of the things you do that make things seem so seamless and smooth for you. Do you shop far in advance – and if so, how did you get that started? Maybe you found a chore schedule that worked for you, or you got outside help from a relative or friend? Whatever it is that’s put you in a position to feel that you’ve got things pretty well under control, share that so that others can consider whether it might help them or at least have hope that it is possible.
Are there books you’ve read, websites you’ve visited, or shows/podcasts that you’ve watched/listened to that helped you? Share them with us!