When we begin homeschooling, we are full of plans, ideas and goals. As time goes by, however, that light begins to dim as we get overwhelmed by the reality of having to teach different kids at different levels, piling housework and our own work or hobbies.
This is when some of us decide to quit homeschooling altogether. There is no need for such drastic measures, however. Instead, there are 11 ways to cut corners at homeschool. You can still be an effective homeschool mother and a great teacher, without working quite so hard.
11 Ways To Cut Corners At Homeschool:
Surprisingly, I am not going to tell you to keep your house dirty and to hardly cook, because “children are a priority.” There are other people who’d tell you that. I will tell you how to make your homeschooling easier.
1. Use audio resources. Sometimes, you have no time to read. Sometimes, you have no desire to explain. There are audiobooks for every subject and many of them are available for free on youtube.
2. History doesn’t need to be taught ( psst, I didn’t really tell you that.) What needs to happen is reading. Children need to read as much historical literature as possible ( your librarian will help,) and get very familiar with a history encyclopedia. Books about historical events are fun, too.
3. When pressed for time, do not neglect the subject, but teach it orally, while doing something else. I always teach someone while cooking. I teach while cleaning. You can ask your child to recite you the list of pronouns while driving, too, if you don’t have time for a formal grammar lesson.
4. Use a timer. If you don’t use the timer, your school time will extend way beyond what you think is right. Just trust me on this one and try the timer tomorrow.
5. Remember what’s important. Astronomy is not it. Astronomy can be learned by watching youtube and crafts can be done when there is time for that. Reading, writing and math are always the core and should be practiced every single day.
6. Don’t do science experiments. Wait, did I just say THAT? Yes. Teach your kids how to understand, do and record them, unless there is some danger to the experiment, or unless the children are very little. My seven year old twins easily do most science experiments geared towards ten year olds.
7. Make them write about things they like. If writing is a struggle, you need to cut that corner and make it easy. Even if this means that your daughter will only write about pink princesses for a while. At least she is writing and at least she is learning to love writing.
8. Instead of drilling the same subject over and over, teach it once and then ask the child to teach it to someone else. We learn the best while teaching others! All of our dolls know their multiplication tables this way.
9. Outsourcing is usually what’s suggested for overwhelmed people. “If you are too busy to teach, outsource.” I disagree. If you are too busy to teach, analyze. How important is this subject, anyway? Can it be learned simply be reading the right books and watching the right videos? If so, DO NOT TEACH it, but direct your child towards where they can learn it.
10. A lot of extra curricular activities, tutors and programs can be removed without any danger the the child ‘s development. Take an honest look at your schedule and you will know why you are so overwhelmed.
11. Teach the kids how to make their own sandwiches. Seriously.
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