One of the best pieces of homeschooling advice I received came from a reader friend, Peggy, who said that I should strive to ‘work myself out of a job'. So this summer we've been doing what some call, “homeschool lite”. For us it means this: the kids wake up in the morning and have a list, which I work on every Friday for the following week, and they know they have to get up and do the following:
- One or two chores (chores that Kent or I would normally have to do!)
- Pick up around the house
- Go through one math lesson (Teaching Textbooks is working out great! I dare say the kids even like their math sometimes!)
- Read for half an hour (this often gets pushed to bedtime)
- Brush their teeth (yes, I really do have to put that on a list)
- Take their cod liver oil
And then they're done for the day. Most days they can do all of that in about an hour.
Not only is this making less work for me so I can get other stuff done, and it's good for them to learn these life skills, but it's also getting them into the routine of waking up and checking the list, so they'll know what to do come fall when there will be more on the list each day.
Do you know what the best sound in the world is?
The best sound is waking up to hear the washer and dishwasher going, and I didn't do it! 🙂 Even better is when the kids pop in for some snuggles and tell me, “Mom, I got 100% on my math again!”
Do you want to hear how awesome my hubs is?
Thanks to many of you, we've had some great reading suggestions to help us figure out the rest of our fall curriculum (I'm almost there!). But there's one problem. I don't have time to read them all. So Kent is helping me by reading through all of them (just skimming some) and giving me a synopsis. I can't tell you how much this means to me. First, just because it is so helpful, but also, because it shows how much he's getting into the homeschooling thing, especially since he was a hard sell at first. Not as hard a sell as some husbands, no, but he surely thought I'd lost it when it first came up. Now I think he's just as excited about it as I am. I'm very thankful. 🙂
Here's the one he's reading now: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.
One thing that's still tricky…
I still can't figure out how to get all of my full-time work done (blogging and RFM ad selling), but that's probably how I'll always be, because I try to do too much in each day. So I stay up late to work, and then sleep in as long as the kids let me in the morning. I'm trying to learn the never-ending lesson of enjoying each moment, even though my list will never be DONE. If anyone has a tip for HOW to do this, to just ‘let things go' even though your to-do list is always a mile long, I'd love to hear it. I've gotten much better, but it's a constant struggle. Thank you for always being so willing to share your advice with me.