I Can’t Homeschool: I’m Unorganized

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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We’re already waking up at the crack of dawn, rushing to get several kids out the door for school, moving quickly all day long to get things done before the kids get home, helping the kids get homework done, and then bustling to get dinner on the table at a decent hour. We’re barely getting it all done as it is, and now the Lord is asking us to homeschool. How are we supposed to do it all when organization isn’t our strong suit?

As parents, our job is quite full. From the moment we get up to the moment we go to bed, we are active, busy people. However, if we’re truly honest with ourselves, how we spend our time is the key. Sure, we bustle around, but is half of what we do necessary? How much free time are we spending on fruitless pursuits which could be better spent?

One of the first ways to overcome the obstacle of disorganization is to take a look at our routines and start carving out free time. If you are considering homeschooling, take into account you will be able to cut out a few areas which are currently eating into your time:

  • No more rushing to get the kids off to school; they school at home now!
  • No more packing sack lunches, and making sure they have everything they need. Everything is right at home.
  • No more dropping off and picking kids up from school.
  • No more homework! (That alone saves hours of time.)

Once you’ve taken your time into account and determined how much time you really have available each day. Then it’s time to start organizing your year, months, weeks, and days. You don’t need anything concrete, just a general plan to get you started and help get the ball rolling. (If I’m going to homeschool, when are we going to start; when are we going to take breaks; and when are holidays? Do I want to school four days a week or five?) Keep in mind, no two homes function in the same way. Pray about how the Lord would have you establish your family’s routine, and then plan accordingly.

With the task of organizing time behind you, take an opportunity to look at your resources and simplify those things you already have. Find what works for you and make it happen. If you’re looking to better organize life in general, and create a more manageable home, THIS might be perfect place to start!

Being organized isn’t easy for everyone, but if the Lord is calling you to homeschool, He will provide both the helps and the resources you need to manage your time. Pray about your desire to homeschool, asking the Lord to help you in this area. Set a plan in place, without a plan you are guaranteed to fail. Then, prayerfully move forward with the understanding that routines and good organization change with your growing needs.

Again, no two families are going to organize their homes and homeschooling in the same manner. Don’t allow this to discourage you from establishing your own routine. With God’s help, you can move past this concern and start enjoying the adventure of homeschooling. It’s summer time, start planning now and embrace the coming year!

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

🔔Time to Chime In: What is the hardest aspect of life for you to organize?

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16 thoughts on “I Can’t Homeschool: I’m Unorganized

  1. I am finding the hardest aspect to organize is the child herself! She is so used to being either overstretched (school days, gymnastics, etc.) or having complete free time (school breaks) that she is starting to resist any “work” (lessons or chores) that are given to her in a relaxed way. My biggest goal is to relieve some of her school anxiety and have a more relaxed and natural running home (well, with the exception of a demanding competitive gymnastics schedule) but sometimes I just throw my hands up in the air and give up. This morning as I type this none of her chores are completed, or even started for that matter, her math drills are not done, her history lesson is not complete, her garden needs weeding, outside hour and nature study have not even been started today, but she is watching Netflix and playing a computer game with her best friend in the living room. I am in such a give up mode that my own chores are not complete for the morning either. I guess I am about to go be “mean mommy” and see if I can motivate…………..sigh. Yes, organizing the child is proving to be the hardest!

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    • I hear you; we all have days like this.

      I love sticking to a routine, and thrive on it. However, I also have to be open to those days when our routine needs to take a backseat to better things. (For instance: Today my guy is going out of town for a few days. Instead of doing school in the morning, like planned, we’re waiting for him to take off around noon in order to spend time with him. I’m SURE the kids are going to balk at having to head to the table and do math drills later, but it made more sense to spend the morning with their pop and then get learning out of the way.)

      I think having a plan in place is a MUST. But, it’s also okay to deviate from the plan to experience a greater good.

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      • Yes I definitely am going to have to work on my OCD tendencies and put down the list every now and again. However, I think the hardest thing for me to swallow is that Catie was SOOOOOO very excited to do homeschool and she wanted to start right away and was resistant to taking any break at all…………..but now that I have forced some downtime onto her it seems impossible to motivate her again. It may be because I watch her best friend while her mom and dad are at work. I am hoping it gets better when the friend goes back to school. But all work is getting me the evil eye and the stomping and slamming. I regret taking the break now. 😦

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      • I see your point. Taking a break can pose a problem, and I’m sure having a friend over might be contributing to the issue. Once things settle back into a more normal routine, she will more than likely return to her former cheerfulness.

        Have you considered including her best friend in your studies? Perhaps if the two of them work together, she might be excited (and I’m sure the other mom would really appreciate your taking the time to include her daughter). Just a thought.

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      • Yes I am doing that now. I have revamped from telling Catie about an assignment to just generally announcing an assignment. Her friend has always been included but I am taking the focus off of just Catie and just generally putting the assignment/chore out there and hoping that peer pressure works, lol. Her friend is not from a homeschool family, though they have been very curious. I think I am going to make a rule that when her friend is here they BOTH have to earn screen time.

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  2. I was surprised when I started homeschooling at how easily I was able to organize. I think a lot of your readers will be as well. One thing that has helped me every year is having a written schedule and a written plan to stick with. Make lists, schedules, write down anything that will help you keep it all on your head. That has saved me too many times to count. 🙂

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  3. I’ve worked out a schedule that I think we’ll be able to follow, but I’m sure there’ll be a lot of tweaking as we go along until we find a rhythm that works for us. We’re starting halfway through the school year (it’s Jan-Dec in South Africa) so I’ve deliberately kept the workload light for the first few months.

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  4. Love this post. Ve been homeschooling for 13 years. I have a self driven kid and one i have to drag kicking and screaming pretty often.
    Every year has been different for us. Even when i try to make it the similar organized experience, something changes it. Thats life ive learned and you gotta be flexible enough to not let it get to you frustrated. Ive learned to bend curriculum choices, plans and scheduling around her- to a certain extent. And then its like a trade off game. Now that shes 15 and going into sophomore year, she knows what she has to do but is not always thrilled. Im ok with that. I want her to love it but she doesnt and thats okay. Its taken years! Lol
    Every kid is different. I love researching different ways to adjust to learning style.
    There are some days you wont win. Ive found that my girl likes to learn anyway on her own and there are days now and again that we just go with that. And math.

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  6. I love this post. I actually find that the people I know who have kids in school are far more organized and structured than I ever want to be. Homeschooling really allows me to keep my freedom with my time and schedule with my kids and take it slow. I am sure once all of my little ones are all older that it’ll be different but for now its so much easier to just let the day set up it’s own routine and not feel like I need to shuffle off to somewhere every day.

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