I know we as home schoolers are so proud that we get school done so quick... we don't have to spend so much time on it. We don't have to mess with disciplining (besides our own!), we don't have office politics (school regulation), we are always so quick to point out that we don't have to spend many hours a day on school. I think this MIGHT be where part of the problem we all have gets started....we actually NEED to spend more hours teaching, not try to do it all in less!
We have visions of Latin, spelling, writing, great works or art and literature, french, art classes, unit studies, digging deeper into a subject, science experiments, hands on projects, movie to compliment a subject, book clubs, bible study....
UM How do we get that all done if we are TRYING so hard to get it done quicker to go onto other things?
I am thinking it doesn't work so we start cutting out stuff and we find we still don't have time! I understand we aren't cutting out the errands, cleaning, home making... but maybe we should!
Of course that is impossible! AND truthfully I don't want to BUT I do want to be different and teach more!
So who has ideas on how that can be accomplished?
*choosing outside activities carefully.
* choosing curriculum carefully.
*maintaining a schedule or time management
*teaching kids responsibility
*mentality of "school" hours vs. All the time learning
I don't want to "DO" school for 8 hours every day... but I KNOW I want and need to do it more than I do!
I know that I am missing "deadlines" I have given myself for accomplishing certain things and it solely lies on MY shoulders as the teacher, scheduler!
But if you go back over my blog posts you see this same basic argument in tons of my posts and even a few ways that I am going to "fix" the problem but it is NOT fixed.
* needs for schooling change with the kids age and grade levels
*outside activities change and we feel "x" is important at " x" moment
*home life needs change (for instance we are doing the one car thing which generally works out but has its draw backs of course)
*finances (might mean less convenience foods and more cooking which equals less time for other things)
*Children's abilities change--- we might be working with a child on a particular habit or attitude and it affects our day
*season (we spend more time out and about in the holiday season leaving less hours to school or whatever
*tone of the household (when mom and dad are off track for whatever reason naturally the home falls off track too)
*insert other reasons here!
So what to do... all I can do is keep trying.
*Make another routine adjustment
* make another schedule
*try another system
*make up my own system
* give myself goals
*reset my goals again ( smile)
*determine to be different
*determine to be different longer this time
*determine to be different longer this time and the next time (smile)
*go with the general flow of life (while keeping a routine of sorts) (smile)
*keep learning to be flexible
*expect great things from myself and my family
*stop making excuses
*stop taking excuses
*rely on God first and people last
I guess I have a plan again, a plan to follow all the other plans. A plan to just DO. A plan to go with the flow but yet still accomplish great things. I am sure glad that God is in on this plan because it doesn't sound like a good plan for me BUT I will leave you with this....
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Corinthians 4:7-9