Nobody can do it all. Although sometimes blogs can make it look like it we get it all done. It can probably be a bit discouraging for those thinking about home education, with lots of little children underfoot, to read blog posts about perfectly prepared meals, perfectly planned lessons, and a crafty tutorial thrown in.
While I disagree with the statement, “I can’t have a clean house because I homeschool”, I don’t think it’s a real expectation that your home should be ready for a House Beautiful photo shoot every second of every day. The fact is that my home is lived in, pretty much 24/7 by eight people. A majority of those eight people are under the age of 10. Seven people do not walk out the door each morning to school/work for eight hours, while one person stays home to clean and run errands. So, our house is a home that reflects that. I’m no Martha Stewart, but we have clean clothes in our drawers and predictable meal times.
I enjoy reading home keeping/organization books and blogs. Taking care of my family is my job, one that I take very seriously. It only makes sense that I continue to educate myself on how to do that job, most efficiently and effectively, and I hope with a lot of love.
Here are some ways we get through our days:
We limit our activities, we are not out and about each day. Not that there is anything wrong with being busy, but just for my own sanity it doesn’t work for us. The kids have a couple of well chosen activities, but we have a couple of days each week that we are home. It allows us time to complete our lessons as well as chores around the house, and gives us down time.
We have planned meals each week. It’s nothing fancy or particularly impressive, but having planned meals is a true life-saver for me. I even have started planning our breakfasts and lunches, using the same plan each week. Makes my grocery shopping easier too.
Each day has a purpose. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are laundry days. More on that on my 7 Easy Laundry Tips post.
Use a schedule. We use a schedule that gradually becomes a routine. It’s not a watch the clock in a frenzy schedule, but a framework to keep us moving through the day. I would be lost without our daily homeschool schedule!
I’m linking up this week for the final installment of the Virtual Curriculum Fair:
Weekly Homeschooling Schedule by Julie @ HighHill Homeschool
Virtual Curriculum Fair: Week 5: The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all
Together by Leah @ The Courtney Six Homeschool
Our Schedule’s Working! by Eunora @ All Things NoriLynn
Homeschooling: How do I do it all? by Debbie @ Debbie’s Digest
Virtual Curriculum Fair— Wrap-up Angie @ Petra School
Virtual Curriculum Fair: 5 Ways to Use an iPad in Your Homeschool by
Pam @ Everyday Snapshots
A Peek Into Our School Day by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool
A Day in the Life… by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Homeschooling at My House by Jessica @ Modest Mama
Getting a Grip on Things by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Making Home School a part of LIFE by Cindy @ For One Another
Now Where’s That Pencil Again? by Beth @ Ozark Ramblings
Something About Homeschooling I Really Didn’t See Coming by Letha @
Curriculum, Kids, and a Frazzled Homeschool Mama leads to Controlled
Chaos! by Laura O from AK @ Day by Day in Our World
The Virtual Curriculum Fair – Nuts and Bolts by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
Staying on Top of Everything by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning
How Does This Homeschooling Thing Actually Work? Fitting it all
Together by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all together by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy