Homemaking and homeschooling can be a challenge for any family. Whether it's time, skills, or money, for many struggling families, the answer is to put their kids in public school or hire help. But this can result in a whole new set of challenges for parents who are trying to juggle both work and home life. The good news is that homemaking and homeschooling can be made easier with some simple tips!
The Way We Homeschool
If you're like most parents, you want what's best for your children. You want them to be happy and to succeed in life. But you also have a lot of other things going on in your life. You're busy! How can you possibly add homeschooling to your already full plate?
Here are some tips for how to make homeschooling work when you're a busy parent:
- Get organized. This is key for any homeschooling parent, but especially if you're short on time. Having a good system in place will help you make the most of the time you do have for homeschooling.
- Set priorities. What are your goals for your child's education? What do you really have time for? Focus on those things and let go of the rest.
- Take advantage of teachable moments. You don't always need formal lessons to learn something new. If you're cooking dinner, use that as an opportunity to teach your child about measurements and fractions. Or if you're out walking the dog, talk about animal habitats and ecosystems.
- Find a support system. There are other homeschooling families out there who can relate to
What We're Doing
We're busy homeschooling boys and a dog, but we wanted to take a moment to share some tips for other busy folks who might be considering homeschooling. Here are a few things that have helped us:
- Set Priorities - When you're homeschooling, there will always be more things that you could be doing. But you have to set priorities and figure out what's most important. For us, spending quality time with our boys is the priority. That means we don't always get to do all the fun learning activities we see on Pinterest. And that's okay.
- Create a Schedule - A schedule doesn't have to be rigid, but it can help keep things from feeling too chaotic. We try to stick to a basic daily schedule so that our boys know what to expect each day. This gives them a sense of stability and helps them feel comfortable in their learning environment.
- Find Your Support System - Homeschooling can be isolating, so it's important to find your support system. For us, that includes our family and friends, our church community, and other homeschooling families we've connected with online and in person. These people provide encouragement,
There are a lot of great things about homeschooling, but one of the best parts is getting to spend all day with your kids! If you're struggling to find time to homeschool while also taking care of everything else, here are a few tips to help you out.
- Get up early and start your homeschooling day before the rest of the house wakes up. This way you can get a few hours of learning in before everyone else is up and about.
- Use nap time or quiet time for some one-on-one homeschooling time with your kids. This is a great time to work on things like reading or math that might be a little more challenging for them.
- Take advantage of any downtime you have during the day, even if it's just 10 minutes here or there. You can use this time to read aloud to your kids or have them work on independent projects.
- Get the whole family involved in homeschooling by making it a team effort. Assign each person different tasks like laundry, dishes, or vacuuming while you work on schoolwork with the kids.
- Make use of technology and educational apps
General Thoughts on Homeschooling in General
There are a lot of different reasons why people might choose to homeschool their children. Maybe they want to give their kids a more personalized education, or maybe they live in a remote area where there aren’t any good public schools. Whatever the reason, homeschooling can be a great way to give your children a top-notch education while still being able to spend quality time with them at home.
Of course, homeschooling isn’t always easy. If you’re working full-time and trying to homeschool your kids, it can be tough to juggle everything. But don’t worry – we’ve got some tips to help you make it work!
- Set up a dedicated homeschooling space in your house. This doesn’t have to be a whole room – just somewhere that’s quiet and free from distractions where your kids can focus on their studies.
- Make use of online resources. There are tons of great websites, apps, and other resources out there that can make homeschooling a lot easier. Do some research and see what might be helpful for you and your child.
- Get organized
Supplies and Resources We Use
We don't believe in spending a lot of money on homeschooling supplies and resources. We've found that you can
find almost everything you need for free or very cheap. However, there are a few things that we have found to be worth the investment. Here are some of our favorite homeschooling supplies and resources:
- A good set of curriculum books. We like the books from Calvert Education because they are comprehensive and easy to use.
- A white board and dry erase markers. This is a great way to keep track of assignments and goals for the week. Plus, it's just fun to write on a big whiteboard!
- Pens, pencils, paper, etc. This one is pretty self-explanatory!
- A good printer. We have an all-in-one printer that we love. It comes in handy for printing out worksheets and other homeschooling resources.
- A quiet place to work. This is important if you have younger children in the house. It can be hard to concentrate with little ones running around. We have a designated homeschooling area in our house where everyone knows to be quiet during school time.
Tips for Busy Families who Want to Homeschool but Have a Dog and Kids Too
Homeschooling can be a great way to provide your children with personalized education, but it can also be a challenge if you have other commitments like work or taking care of a family. If you're considering homeschooling but feel like you don't have the time, here are some tips for busy families who want to make it work:
- Get organized: One of the most important things you can do when homeschooling is to stay organized. This means having a schedule and routine for your days and sticking to it as much as possible. This will help you make the most of your time and keep everything on track.
- Set priorities: When you're trying to juggle homeschooling with other responsibilities, it's important to set priorities. Decide what's most important to you and your family and make sure that those things get done first. Everything else can be scheduled around that.
- Find a support network: There are other families out there who are homeschooling while also dealing with busy schedules. Connect with them for support, advice, and even just moral encouragement. Knowing you're not alone in this can make a big difference.
- Be flexible: