Homeschooling requires a lot of patience, selflessness, and planning. It requires a game plan to stay on track with your daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Many people struggle with how they will keep their sanity while homeschooling their children. I am a testimony to the fact that it can be done! I have been homeschooling for 4 years and have grown a lot since those first few weeks as a new homeschool mom. I am by no means an expert yet, but I have gained a good understanding of ways to enjoy homeschooling and embrace this educational journey.
Here are my favorite ways that you can homeschool and keep your sanity:
- Get organized. Invest in a really good planner. My husband is always trying to get me to use my iPhone calendar to keep track of everything, but I am still sticking to a written daily/monthly planner. I keep track of each lesson, activity, and field trip. I also log my children’s PE hours in my planner. Finding a great planner is super important. I have gone through many planners and have found one that works well for me! I like this one.
- Get involved. Join up with other homeschool moms and have a community! Homeschooling doesn’t mean that you have to always be alone with your children during school hours. A community is so important for homeschool families to organize park days, provide encouragement and perspective, and to plan field trips. There are so many different types of homeschool communities. With several options available, you can find one that suits you and your family! If you happen to live in an area that does not have a homeschool community, be a trailblazer and start one! You’ll be glad you did!
- Get outside! If weather permits, have your reading and history lessons take place outdoors! Sometimes a change of scenery is just what everyone needs. Utilize nature as an outdoor classroom to expand on lessons learned.
- Give yourself (and your kids) lots of grace! Don’t expect perfection. Each homeschool is going to look different based on your educational style, coupled with your children’s learning styles. You will enjoy the journey of homeschooling when you let go of perfectionism and how it “should be”. When I first started to homeschool, I had it ingrained in my head that school had to look similar to the way I experienced school as a child. Those first few weeks as a new homeschool mom, I was having a tough time and so was my daughter. I was given advice by a veteran homeschool mom that stuck with me and changed my perspective. I needed let go of perfectionism, learn how my children learn (audible, kinesthetic, etc) and foster a natural environment to encourage learning for my children.
- Laugh! Laughter is definitely good medicine. The Bible says in Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” We love to laugh and find the humor in life. Those times of laughter bring about a much needed break and allow for a sweet time of bonding with my children.
- Pray! In all areas of our life, we need to pray and ask for God’s guidance. Homeschooling is no exception. We are leading and guiding our children through their education and we need to ask the Lord for wisdom, grace, and patience. Start each day with prayer, it will make a big difference!