I Can’t Homeschool: They Won’t Listen

i_cant_homeschoolHomeschooling can seem like a daunting journey, especially for those who are new to the concept. We are unsure of where to start, overwhelmed by the notion of taking on our children’s education, and feel as if we are not enough. May we offer encouragement for families unsure of the adventure called homeschooling.

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Another concern with homeschooling is how our children will accept mom, or dad, as teacher. Will my children receive instruction from me? Will they accept me as teacher? What if my child is rebellious and already has issues with acknowledging our authority?

Of all the fears concerning homeschool, this one is probably the most delicate. When our children won’t listen to us, this is a symptom of a larger issue: a separation in relationship (no matter how slight), both between us and them, and between them and the Lord. Almost any other area can be overcome with organization and planning. When our children won’t listen to us it is a matter of the heart; it will take time, effort, and love to conquer this concern.

The real question ought not to be whether my children could learn from me, but why they wouldn’t. 

In such cases, my advice to these families would be thus: Put your children’s learning on hold and focus on relationships. When discipleship becomes priority, when relationships become priority, learning becomes easier. Here are a few areas to consider working on:

  • Communication – Are they willing to talk to you, discussing their concerns and desires? Do they know they can talk to you about anything?
  • Trust – Does your child know you have their best interests at heart? Do they know what those interests are?
  • Affection – Do your children know you love them? Do you show this often enough?
  • Respect – How does your child speak to you or about you? Do you allow your child to be openly disrespectful?

The best way to work on relationships is by spending quality time together. Pick activities which incorporate the issues you are attempting to work on, making discussions as natural as possible. Through effort and time things will change.

Once relationships have been reaffirmed, learning is accomplished more smoothly. Your children will understand why you want to homeschool, they’ll understand your goals for homeschooling, and they will accept your instruction more readily. Who knows? Not only might they enjoy it, but one day they may even thank you for your decision.

As a side note: For parents who are already homeschooling, this still runs true. If our children are having issues with receiving instruction, it might be time to take a break from formal learning and focus on rebuilding any broken bonds. Then, re-address our schooling.

Does this mean everyday will be a breeze, or that your children will never complain about doing school work? Of course not! Life is not perfect and work is still work. However, when our children know we love them, when we have their respect, teaching our children is much easier.

May this encourage you: We all have hard days. We all have days when our children act out. When we choose to spend time focusing on what’s more important, our relationships with our children and bringing them back into a right relationship with Christ, everything else flows; even homeschooling. Don’t allow this one obstacle to prevent you from a lifetime of memories, and your children the discipleship they so need. Allow the Lord to do a work in your family, and then start your adventure of homeschooling. The books will always be there.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Ephesians 6:1-4

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I Can’t Homeschool: I Lack Self Control

i_cant_homeschoolEncouragement for families unsure of the adventure called homeschooling.

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Homeschooling can seem like a daunting journey, especially for those who are new to the concept. We are unsure of where to start, overwhelmed by the notion of taking on our children’s education, and feel as if we are not enough. One of the many hurdles parents must conquer is fear of lack of self-control. Why would we consider homeschooling a bunch of unruly children when we can’t even control ourselves half the time?

It might seem like homeschoolers have it all together; often, that is the image being portrayed to those around us. We not only school our children, all four of them, but maintain a clean house, always find awesome field trips to go on, have time for ministry, and are pros in the kitchen. The images we post on Instagram would lead you to believe this. Our Facebook posts often share our incredible journeys and advancements in learning. Tweets tell others how much fun we’re having at the moment.

While I certainly hope this is generally true of most homeschooling families – I’d like to think we have fun and enjoy our kids – the truth is not so perfect. The truth is… we’re all lacking somewhere.

I have yet to meet a parent who “has it all together”. Oh, I’ve met some wonderful, loving, Christian families (don’t get me wrong), but, they are not perfect. Those who have been homeschooling a little longer are not doing so because they have reached perfection or have mastered the art of self-control. Rather, they homeschool through the moments of testing and emerge the wiser.

Rest assured, we all have our moments. Let’s be honest. Some of us lack patience (probably a great deal of us); some are lazy. Others stress our children out with high expectations, too much work, or lack of involvement. None of us is perfect.

Here’s the beautiful thing. God didn’t call us to homeschool because we had it all together or because we were such incredible people. He called us to homeschooling because He wanted this for our children and He asked us to be faithful. He isn’t asking you to be perfect, He’s asking you to be obedient to His call.

Each of us is still a work in progress, being molded by our Creator into something better. Allow God to use your imperfect self to bring Him glory. Step out in faith, knowing He will see you through. You can do all things in Christ!

“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus”
Philippians 3:12

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A Simplified Life: Free Printables

Simplified_LifeWe are one busy family! I imagine most families are. In order to help keep life organized and as stress-free as possible, we’ve created a variety of charts and lists to keep things in order.

On our newest page, Free Printables, you’ll find our collection of free printable sheets, made available for everyone to use. We pray these resources help your family, offering more time to have fun.

“But all things should be done decently and in order.”
I Cor. 14:40

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A Simplified Life: Extra Curricular Activities

Simplified_LifeThis week is full of activities; yesterday we had a field trip, today we’re going swimming, tomorrow is grocery shopping, and this weekend is my birthday. Not every week is this busy, but when it is, there are some key things I can do to ensure events are as stress-free and simplified as possible.

Before planning out an event, there are some questions I should ask myself:         

•Did I pray about this? (Perhaps the Lord has other plans?)                                            •Did my husband say it was okay? (As a Christian wife, I respectfully keep my husband   aware of all our plans.)
•Will my family benefit from the event? (Not all good ideas are good for us.)                  •Will I stress out trying to make the event possible? (Do I already have too many events planned on the same day?)

If my event has passed “inspection”; off to the calendar I go. I prefer to do my scheduling on a computer, there I can schedule email reminders and sync with my mobile device. It will also allow me to add notes regarding the event, such as “pack swimsuits”.

Prep for the event by getting any necessary materials ahead of time. Certain events, such as potlucks, often require me to bring food. When putting the event on my calendar, I will make sure to add these items onto my grocery list. If I have a birthday present to purchase, that will be added to my errand list. (See Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Part One) The day before the event, I usually try to make sure my car has enough fuel (it is always a pain to get in the car and realize I now have to stop for gas… talk about stress!)

I map out the day of the event. Knowing what time our event starts is helpful, but that information isn’t always enough. How long will it take me to get to the event? How long will it take me to get out the door? How long does it take to straighten up my house and kids before heading out the door? Do I have anything else going that morning that also needs to be done? Several factors determine how the day will go. I don’t like leaving things to chance; therefore I like to “map out” our day. It looks something like this:

Event Time:          3:00pm (With a drive time of 1 hr.)
Leave Time:         1:45pm ( I like to have extra time.)
Kids shoes on:     1:30pm (Plenty of time to brush teeth, hair, shoes on, and get the car .)
Straighten House:1:00pm (If not decent, I don’t leave. I can’t tell you how often that pays off.)
Lunch:                  12:00 (Plenty of time to eat in peace, wash up, and grab food/presents.)

This routine works well for morning events as well. I simply plug in my start time and work backwards. This helps determine what time I need to wake up, what time my kids need to be up, and everything else that needs to get done before heading out the door.

Because the event was organized and simplified to the best of our ability, we are not rushing around trying to do things last-minute. Everything we need is set in place and ready to go.  Barring any last-minute changes, we are free to enjoy our day and anticipate a wonderful afternoon. With a simplified routine we can truly enjoy the event!

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Ephesians 5:15-17

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A Simplified Life: Educational Resources

Simplified_LifeOne of the joys, and hazards, of being a homeschooling family is the multitude of resources available to us. If I’m not careful, we have stacks of craft supplies littering every surface of the house, glue sticks seem to be multiplying quicker than rabbits, pencils disappear in the blink of an eye, and don’t even get me started on blank paper. (It’s an obsession for us.) Let us not forget the multitude of awesome field trips books, pamphlets, and flyers mom has collected over the years as well. There must be a simple, organized way to keep track of these resources, leaving a clean surface for us to work on and a pleasant environment to live in.

My first step in simplifying the resources available to us is to organize and downsize, if necessary. I put our resources into three main categories: Crafting, Documents, and Books.

Crafting Supplies

Crafting supplies are gone through periodically, with us removing anything old, dried up, or damaged. Then, we organize!
At our local dollar store, we have purchased clear bins in which to place various supplies. We have bins for each of the following:

  • adhesives (glue sticks, glue tape, glue dots, double-sided tape, and the like)
  • scissors (both regular and pinking sheers)
  • school pencils/erasers
  • coloring pencils
  • markers
  • crayons
  • stamps (we have four boxes for our ever-growing collection)
  • ink pads/stamp crayons
  • stickers
  • embossing tools
  • modeling/sculpting supplies
  • paints (both watercolor and washable paints, including brushes)
  • glitter
  • yarn, ribbon, and string
  • arithmetic resources (rulers, compasses, protractor, and triangles)
  • science resources (magnifying glasses, rock collections, fossil collections, and more)

Slightly larger bins have been purchased to hold decorative paper for card making and scrapbooking projects our children might wish to work on. In addition to these bins, we also have stacks of blank paper, lined paper, and construction paper readily available.

While I’d love to have a learning room dedicated to just this aspect of our lives, we are using the space we have available; which means we have to be creative in how we store our resources. Thankfully, there is a fairly nice sized closet in our family room which fits this purpose. My wonderful husband installed shelves in the closet, and this is where we store our supplies. The bottom shelves hold our curriculum for the year, along with our portfolios. The shelves above hold supplies our children use on a regular basis: paper (of all kinds), writing and coloring instruments, arithmetic supplies, and painting supplies. The shelves at the top contain items I would prefer be out of immediate reach to littler kiddos: ink, stamps, scissors, glue, and more expensive crafting supplies/tools.

The children have access to this cupboard, and the supplies, all day. When we are not doing formal learning, they are encouraged to use the resources made available to them. The only rule is that they clean up the mess they’ve created.

Documents

Over the years I have collected quite a selection of field trip ideas, along with pamphlets and catalogs from various companies. Storing each of these would take up a bulk of space and keep my desk cluttered. Simplifying this collection is a must.

In recent years I have slimmed down my field trip pile by filing such information on Pinterest. Here, websites can be saved along with a pertinent note regarding cost and/or location. Gone are the piles and seeing an organized ‘board’ is a thing of beauty.

Company catalogs are also recycled or donated. A bookmark file has been created on my browser for just this purpose. Each company I like to peruse or purchase from is listed under a homeschool folder in my browser, always available and leaving more free space in our home.

Documents pertaining to my children’s learning, tests and the like, are automatically filed in their portfolios, removing this clutter from our learning space. My children’s written projects are usually dated and filed in a box we purchased just for this purpose, with a file folder for each child. 3D projects are photographed, kept for a period of time, and then removed when our children seem to have lost interest in keeping them.

Books

Last, but definitely not least, is our every growing resource of books. This is probably the hardest area to organize. Not because we can’t, but because we always adding to our collection and are constantly running out of room! Some shelves in our home are double-decked.

Art books, animation books, and all things pertaining to Christian studies are to be found in my husband’s study. Most of our children’s literature is to be found in the girls’ room. A vast collection of comics is in my son’s, along with a decent supply of Audubon guides, DK books, and the like. The family room contains the classics.

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Thankfully, organizing our learning resources isn’t hard, nor very expensive; merely time-consuming. But, once you get the ball rolling, it’s hard to stop! Simplifying and organizing our resources better helps us understand which supplies need to be refilled or refreshed. We are also teaching our children to be responsible, organized, and good stewards of the resources available. Plus, it’s much easier to access when you know where everything is! No more time wasted trying to find those pesky, disappearing pencils or that field trip pamphlet you just filed.

A simplified life makes things easier, and leaves more room for fun!

“But all things should be done decently and in order.”
I Corinthians 14:40

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A Simplified Life: Homeschooling

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There are moments I wish I could be in several places at once. This way, when I am homeschooling my kids, I could stand by each one of them and help them with their needs. Then I would still be free to get things done around the house.

While it may be summer time, this might be the perfect opportunity for me to sit down and figure out an easier way to balance my kids’ learning; since being in several places isn’t reasonable and being in one place can be stressful enough without trying to be in five!

When first beginning our homeschooling adventure, we went through Homeschooling 101. We needed to understand what the Lord was wanting of our children’s education, what the state required of us, and what educational options were available. Having a firm grasp of just these three areas helped us simplify our learning journey.

Even though we’ve been doing this for a few years, we still spend a great deal of time in prayer over each coming year. Through God’s leading, we plan our year.

Our first step in planning each school year, is to narrow down what our yearly schedule will be. This helps us determine when we will be learning, when we will be resting, and how much time we have to complete the materials. Next, we plan our weekly routine. Do we plan to do book work every day of the week; are certain days better for field trips or nature walks; and which day works best for library visits? Once our yearly schedule and our weekly routine are organized, we move on to planning our daily routine.

With a general plan in place, we move on to details. We determine which curriculum each child will need, adding it to our curriculum shopping list. We plan how the materials will be used and how to organize our learning day. We finalize these plans with a course of study for each child. Once the plans are in place, we have fun shopping for all our homeschooling needs and organizing our resources.

With a lot of prayer, and a few basic steps, we can simplify our homeschool year, taking the stress out of learning, and leaving room for fun, family, and memories.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
Proverbs 9:10

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A Simplified Life: Chores

Simplified_LifeThe first ministry I have been given is to be a Keeper of my home. The Lord has shown me this must come first. If my home is not in order, I might want to reconsider participating in outside activities until they are.

To help me with this, and to better teach our children how to properly care for their own homes, a chore routine has been established:

Our routine is as follows:

Mondays: adult laundry and bathrooms (thorough cleaning)
Tuesdays: children’s laundry, floors, and dusting (blinds/furniture/ceiling fans)                                                     Wednesdays: linens and bathrooms (thorough cleaning)
Thursdays: kitchen cupboards/hallway walls (whichever needs it most), grocery shopping
Fridays: library and errands
Weekends: surface cleaning of any areas in need

Considering it is currently summer time, now is my opportunity to put this schedule to the
test. Is this working for me? Perhaps I need to change some days around to make things work better. I also want to start taking notice of when is the best time to do my chores. I don’t necessarily set a specific time, but setting up blocks of time gives me a general idea of where I might have “free time”.

Chores being designated and set in place, I now want to start having the kiddos get in on the game. Even my youngest helps out. Each of my kiddos is given a task and we all work until the job is done. Our kids need to learn the value of a job well done, working together, and being responsible. Mommy handles the washing of the laundry, but the kiddos help fold and put their own laundry away. Mommy cleans the basins, but the kiddos do the mirrors, floors, and counters in the bathrooms. We have the joy of working side by side and encouraging each other in doing a good job. They will often hear me saying, “Good job, little man! Keep it up honey, you are going to be a pro at keeping your home when you are a mommy, T!” The kids learn to enjoy their chores, have fun working together, and take pride in their work. To help keep track of everyone’s chores, we have created THIS fun chore chart.

Two things I should point out. One, while the kids are young, they are going to make mistakes. Try not to clean up their messes in front of them. Wait until they are out of sight and preoccupied, then straighten things up. This will prevent them from getting discouraged, but still keep your house to the level of clean you might like. The second is this, be prepared that the kids will complain from time to time. Let’s be honest; work is work! Don’t give in and do the chores yourself! You are only making your job harder in the long run and robbing them of the joy of responsibility.

With a routine set in place and a fun chore chart printed, we are taking yet another step towards simplifying life.

“For each will have to bear his own load.”
Galatians 6:5

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A Simplified Life: Menu Planning

Simplified_LifeOut of all the chores I have, creating a grocery list and figuring out what to put on next week’s menu, is the hardest. For whatever reason, food just isn’t a priority for me. That doesn’t mean, however, that my family doesn’t need to be fed and taken care of. In order to make this job more pleasant, I have implemented a couple of steps to make things easier for myself.

The first thing that I have done is post an ongoing grocery list to the inside of one kitchen cupboard (conveniently placed above the pencil drawer).This allows me to place things on the list immediately instead of having to remember everything I need on grocery day. The morning I go shopping, I take the list out of the cupboard and do a quick house check to make sure nothing has been forgotten.

The second thing I have done is to create a list of meals my family enjoys seeing on the menu. I then sit down with THIS weekly menu, which my husband created, and start adding in meals for the following week.  As I go along I continue to add items to my grocery list, as needed. The finished menu is then posted in the kitchen, and I finalize my grocery list.

With my list and calculator in hand, I want to do a quick “budget check” to make sure that I am on track with my spending. Our family has a monthly budget for groceries and I need to make sure that I stick to the allotted amount for the week. If I am well in the black, then I feel free to add a couple of extras like cookies and chips. I will also make sure to check my coupon folder and grab any that pertain to my list. Now that my list is complete and checks out with my budget, I am ready to go

The third thing I have done is organize my grocery list to make my shopping faster and easier. When shopping, especially if the kids are tagging along, I prefer to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible. To accomplish this, my grocery list is organized according to the aisles at my grocery store. As I am shopping, I simply walk aisle by aisle grabbing the items listed for each. No need to go back to an aisle for something forgotten, or hidden further down the list; everything is organized and simplified.

With these the help of a few printable lists we’ve made one area of our lives a little simpler, leaving time for more important activities like spending quality time with our kids.

“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Psalm 107:9

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Help! My Child Failed a Standardized Test

Help_My_Child_FailedIt’s here; the fateful day. After waiting weeks, anxiously watching for the moment the mailman puts that envelope in your box, your child’s standardized test scores have finally arrived. Perhaps you rip open the envelope, fully confident your child’s scores are above average (they are homeschooled after all). Perhaps you open the envelope with trepidation, unsure of what you’ll find. As your eyes scan the paperwork in front of you, your heart sinks and a million thoughts start rushing through your head. Your child has scored poorly on standardized testing… now what do you do?

First off, let me say this. Your child has not failed! Second, these tests don’t tell you everything. They are exactly what you would suppose, ‘standard’. They don’t test everything; this is not the sum of your child’s knowledge. This is a general assessment of learning.

Over the last several weeks, I’ve come across several parents who are worried about their children’s test results. Allow me to offer a few words of encouragement and share my thoughts.

Testing Format

The first thing we ought to consider is the testing format being used. Not all children test well under the same circumstances. Perhaps the test used, or the way in which the test was administered, was a problem for them. Using a different test, or changing the environment in which the test was taken, might help in the future.

Nervousness

Supposing the format was not a problem, the level of our child’s anxiety might also be an issue. I’ve seen children become ill over the thought of taking standardized tests, especially when given by someone other than their own parent. The low score might only be a symptom of their inability to concentrate due to nerves.

Overconfidence

If our children normally do well in their lessons and score high on weekly tests, they might enter into standardized testing presuming they’ll do well. While I don’t like to over-emphasize these tests, my children need to have a realistic view of their abilities. Scoring well on weekly arithmetic tests does not mean these exams will be a walk in the park.

Your Child’s Speed

Whether due to nerves or overconfidence, sometimes our children rush through standardized tests merely wanting it to be done and over with. Low scores might merely indicate our child went a little faster than they should have done. In the future, if they slow down a bit, their scores ought to improve.

Your Child’s Curriculum

Lastly, one should also consider the curriculum currently being used by the child. Not all curricula covers the same material. It is unfair to expect a child to test well in an area he has yet to learn. One year, one of my daughters came rushing out of a finished test (which was being administered by another parent) to anxiously ask me what a stem and leaf plot was; we had never covered this. Frankly, I had never heard of this, nor had, it seemed, any other parent in the room. Sure enough, her test results reflected this. We therefore have two options available to us: Continue with our current curriculum, knowing it might contain a few gaps, or choose new curriculum. Allow the Lord to lead you in making the right decision for your child.

While I have no opposition to standardized tests (it is good to have a general idea about your child’s aptitude level), we need to keep in mind that such tests do not ultimately reflect a child’s intelligence. These tests are only meant to be guides. If your child’s test scores are not quite what you had hoped they’d be, pray about the results and then ask God to show you your next step. One thing you shouldn’t do is obsess about test results.

Keep in mind, you know your child better than anyone else. You know his daily progress, his strengths, and his weaknesses. This is a test; this is only a test. Treat it as such.

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature [nor on his test scores], because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” (Italics mine 😃)
I Samuel 16:7

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Wear Your Hard Hats!

Wear_Your_Hard_HatsFifteen years in the making, it is finally time for a few home improvements. As with most things in life, these home improvements didn’t ask if it was a convenient time to rip apart half of our house or rearrange rooms. The improvements came in God’s timing. What’s a homeschooling family to do when learning needs to take a necessary backseat to household maintenance and repair?

After many years of praying, waiting, saving, and planning, we are finally able to start making some improvements to our home. Amidst all the craziness, this mama has learned a few valuable lessons.

Be Grateful

This might not be the most convenient time to get things done, but they are getting done!! I am completely humbled, thankful, and excited the Lord is opening doors and allowing us to improve our home. It is definitely needed.

Be Prayerful

My first reaction to home improvements is always excitement. Then, doubt. (Should we be doing this right now? Is this the best way to spend our money?) Finally, resignation and determination. Through all the chaos, I need to be in constant prayer, allowing the Lord to lead our home in all areas. It might seem silly to ask God about paint colors, but why not?  God knows what’s best.
I also want to be praying about homeschooling amidst the mess. I ask for patience, time management, wisdom, and even more patience.

Be Prepared

In preparation, there are a few things to consider. Will we need to leave the house during construction? Will we be confined to certain rooms of the house? Will there be access to a restroom from the hallway? (An odd consideration, but true!) Where will the furniture be moved during the remodel?
Part of our upcoming project will entail re-flooring of our kitchen. This means I will not be able to cook using my ovens or stove for two days. How is my family going to eat? Where will we have our meals? What about snacks?
Finally, where are we going to homeschool? Will we homeschool? Will the noise bother the kids? How will I access our supplies, materials and books?

Know Your Limits

It never hurts to be prepared, but we also need to be realistic. I cannot possibly do everything, nor be in all places at once. It helps to recognize my limits and act accordingly. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help. It’s also okay to admit you can’t do something.

Be Open to Change

My first instinct is to always ‘stick with the plan’. I want to keep things in motion, no matter the obstacles standing in the way. In reality that isn’t always possible. I need to be open and willing to change our routine.
This project is only supposed to take a little over one week and will require little of our help. (Thank you, Lord!) But, I need to be open to the fact it might not happen that way. I have a general plan of where we can do our schooling, but this too might need to change. Of course, the Lord might tell me to put a hold on everything and just enjoy the process.
For projects which take longer, weeks or months even, putting a hold on learning is not always possible. Therefore, we also need to be willing to change our day-to-day routines; sometimes often, in order to accommodate projects.

Let the Kids Help

Home improvements are great learning opportunities. Give the kids an opportunity to feel as much a part of the project as possible. When they are invested, not only will they help (instead of grumble), they might also take better care of the newly finished rooms knowing how much work was put into the project.

The Greater Good

Again, I understand the desire to keep to a routine. We want to finish our year in the time planned and not miss any material. Try to think of the greater good. Is getting a week of schoolwork done more important than removing that moldy linoleum? Won’t putting in that new insolation help your family save on bills, thus giving you more money for field trips and school supplies?
Focus on the greater good and move in that direction. The children will learn the importance of prioritizing life, and that is a great life lesson.

Keep the Goal in Mind

Construction alone can be chaotic. Homeschooling through construction borders on madness. In order to remain sane, keep the goal in mind. Sure you’re crafting supplies might be spread all over the bedroom floor and the kids haven’t done an arithmetic worksheet in over four days. But, once the room is done, it will be better than ever. Life will be more organized, cleaner, nicer to look at, and more efficient. A little madness is worth the coming joy.

Homeschooling is always an adventure. Home improvement is always exciting. But, what’s a parent to do when you have both going at the same time? Take a deep breath, pray, plan, and roll with the punches. Then, share your pictures with us so we can ogle over them!

“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” Psalm 127:1

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