God, husband, kids, family, work, home, and personal time. So many priorities, so how do we add homeschooling to the mix?
First of all we don’t treat homeschooling like public school. Kids do not need to be at bookwork for 6-8 hours a day. Because you only have a few kids it is easier to teach, especially if you have only older children, those who can read by themselves and work on the assignments. Homeschooling only takes my younger children about 2.5 hours, more if we are on a heavier schedule but no more then 4 hours and less if we are on a lighter schedule. Kids are learning all day even if you are not teaching them from bookwork and they pretty much have your undivided attention and are only competing against their siblings.
Second it’s all about prioritizing. What things are most important? When would you need to do things? Making up a schedule would be a great idea. Asking your hubby would give you an idea of what he thinks are important. If you want to learn more about scheduling you can go HERE.
Thirdly sometimes homeschooling will be a priority and sometimes housework or family time will be a priority. You can even use those times teaching. Learning is not just bookwork. Learning is also by doing. Baking is math. Baking is homemaking. Baking is health. Baking is fun. You can teach them anything with any job they do. Many times they learn just by watching. Watching you read. Watching you create. Watching you do. Their minds comprehend more then most give credit to.
Unless you work outside the home, homeschooling is perfect to do during the day but even if you don’t, many parents homeschool their kids at night. Our homeschooling can last all day. Doing one subject here, another subject there. All in between errands, doctor visits, shopping, cooking, etc etc. There is no law that states you must homeschool your child/ren between 9am-4pm. You the parent decides. That is the beauty of homeschooling.
How do you prioritize homeschool? How do you make it fit in the already busy day?
See what my homeschool blogging buddy says about this subject on her post HERE.