Welcome! I just want to say how happy I am that you are here. Just incase we haven’t met yet, my name is Claudina. I am daughter to the King, wife to an amazing husband and mom to two kiddos. I have a few tools under my belt that I would like to share with you if you have just found yourself new to homeschooling.
Last fall God laid it on my heart to work on a little project that would reach out to families and to equip them with encouragement and tools for coming together as a family. However, at that particular time, my outreach was a lot different. Within the past week, it has erupted with all of the school closings due to the pandemic that we are dealing with globally.
Homeschooling, has been one of the greatest calls I’ve ever received. However, those first few months, they were our hardest. We did have time to prepare for this journey as we navigated our way from public school to homeschool where many this probably wasn’t the case. This is why I want to come along side of you and help you navigate this journey even if it’s just for a short period of time.
Where to Start
Coming together like this is a huge transition for your family. You are now adapting to being around each other for longer periods of time. I can’t promise that you all will get used to this overnight, but I can tell you that it’ll be so worth it. You will make it through this. When we first began I would see comments from other moms telling of their success stories and I wanted to know what magical land they were from. It will take time, structure and whole lot of prayers. I want to share some ideas with you to help smooth out your days ahead.
Before I get started with those lets talk about schedule vs. routine. I feel it’s important to get some type of structure going. I have come across posts online about a schedule that you could start your family on. Let me just say that it was like nails on a chalk board. Now, I’m not knocking them for this but schedules just aren’t for me. I would much prefer to have a routine for these reasons:
- If your child is really into what you are doing in the moment why stop? Let them pursue it! You never know when the light bulb is going to go off and a new skill will be learned. I know if I had to stop doing my crafting before I was ready to stop, I’d be pretty ticked off.
- With a routine, if something gets bumped off of your day, you can just pick up where you left off the next day.
- Maybe your child just isn’t into that activity that day. Why battle? Just drop it and pick it up another day. This gives you a chance to tweak it and make it more enjoyable.
This is a little glimpse of what our routine looks like. Now it does change somewhat from day to day with our subjects but this is what our routine looks like. I also want to add that your routine will look nothing like mine because the first thing that I learned while homeschooling is that no two homeschoolers or families are alike.
- Wake up, get dressed, head downstairs (momma gets her coffee brewing) and let the dogs out.
- Eat breakfast, personal devotion time.
- Gather in the living room for prayers and reading. Our reading can take about an hour or so but it’s because I have older children and we read various material. We have our readaloud for Language Arts and History.
- Copywork and dictation are next
- Kids will work together on a few things like ASL and a devotion together and mom works on one of her chores.
- Kids will split up after that is complete and they work separately on science and math.
- Finish up what lessons need to be completed
- Free time
Using a routine and not being married to a schedule allows for so much more freedom and it’s a lot less stressful. Wouldn’t you rather be watching for the light bulb to go off than a clock?
One final reminder. Your child’s ‘classroom’ has gone from 20+ down to a handful. You DON’T need 8 hours of school. The reasons why schools need 8 hours include:
- Transition time between classes
- Instructional time with 26 different levels of learning
- Classroom interruptions
I hope this has been helpful for you and will help you transition into this new role even if it’s just for a short period of time. Mama, you have been teaching them from birth. You’ve got this. Like I mentioned in the beginning it is a transition. Begin this time with prayer, grace and maybe some character study. We have done a couple and you can try one here. God doesn’t call the equip, He equips the called. For more help please visit my other blog post here and check back for more tips and resources. Thank you and God bless.