Homeschooling – When the Going Gets Tough

Some homeschool parents swear by planning out every minute of the school day.  Others would rather go with the flow.

I kind of flip-flop between the two.  Sometimes I’ll have a general plan, but when I try to implement it, my kids show me a different way.  Sometimes it’s a better way.

Other times, when I vow to just go with the flow, I start to feel like things are just TOO disorganized and haphazard.  So the cycle begins – the planning, the breaking the plan, going with the flow, and back again.

I had a phone chat with a sweet friend who is a fellow homeschooling mom recently, and it was very uplifting and encouraging. She reminded me that providing the experiences and reading, reading, reading with the kids IS teaching them.   (Things I know….but I tend to forget them when I’m having a mommy meltdown!)

As I was writing this post, I was looking at the pictures on my camera…..and I realized that we HAVE been doing quite a bit lately – even though it hasn’t all been book work.

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We went to a local library and learned about Reading Dogs (dogs are my son's latest obsession)

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We spent the day at a Children's museum with my sister...so much fun!

We made pretzels from a kit that my mom gave us:

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Rolling out the dough

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Making neat pretzel shapes

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Some had salt and others had cinnamon sugar:

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They were very tasty!

We’ve actually done a lot more than what I’ve listed here……

….but if you’re struggling with homeschooling, if you’re burnt out, or if what you’re doing JUST ISN’T WORKING, know that you can step back, take a breath, and reassess.  Take a little time and hit some children’s museums, or get some great educational books from the library.   Find a subject that your kids love and do a unit study.  My favorite places to look for unit studies are Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett and Homeschool Share.

There are links to other great sites for homeschool resources and encouragement on my Helpful Sites page.   I also recommend “How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for your Kids” by Rachel Carman {I reviewed this book a while back here} and Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson.

Be encouraged, homeschool momma.  You can do this!  It definitely isn’t always easy, but in the long run it IS worth it!

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