(Photo from Tactile Spelling Practice )
I am excited to be participating in the "5 Simple Ways" project in which you will be able to visit several sites to read 5 simple ways to do just about anything you've ever wanted to do!
Here are 5 simple ways to have a successful homeschool day.
1. Stick to a schedule .
(You'll see from that video that we like a schedule.) Or if you are not a scheduler, stick to a routine. Or if you are a more relaxed homeschooler, stick to specific goals that you are aiming toward. The quickest way to become frustrated with homeschooling is to have no direction.
2. Give yourself a break.
No schedule is perfect, and it is guaranteed that your schedule will be derailed with regularity if you are dealing with children of the human being variety. We've all had those days  when the 4 year old spills an entire gallon of milk and the toilet overflows right after the dog throws up in the living room, right?
Pad your day with plenty of down time. A sure fire way to get burned out is to have too many activities planned and constantly be rushing eight children  from one thing to the next. Trust me. Just keep telling yourself that there is always tomorrow and then be sure to get back on track the next day.
3. Keep the long term goal in mind.
We have a few framed scriptures around our house that I can look at to remind me what I am shooting for.
Remember that you signed up for this gig because you love those li'l rascals more than your own self and you want what's best for them. Deliberately look for the joy in what you are doing. Laugh. Sing. Make sure your children know you are glad to be with them.
I'll bet your pharmacist doesn't get to smooch the chubby cheeks of his co-workers or hear them say, "You're my best friend, Mommy!" Granted, his co-workers probably don't leave peanut buttery hand prints on his rear, but, hey, we take the good with the bad, right?
5. Carve out some time each day for recharging yourself.
Don't get me wrong. I don't necessarily mean that you need to head to Starbucks or even take a leisurely bubble bath. This could be a cup of coffee first thing in the morning or a few minutes each evening in bed with a book.
I require all my children to observe a one hour nap time , in which all is quiet and no one is telling me knock-knock jokes or asking me where babies come from or how many days it is until summer. I can use this time to catch up on laundry or just stare out the window. I tell them that I need this time to think without interruptions and so do they.
No matter what you are doing during this time, PRAY. Ask God to guide you and bless your efforts.
If you know what you're working toward and your children know you are joyfully trying to get there together, it is a successful homeschool day!
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