Welcome to the world of homeschooling. I have been
homeschooling for the past four years. Usually I can keep the
schooling confined in one room, my dinning room, but since we moved
into a smaller house, we now overflow into the living room, and
bedrooms as well as the kitchen and dinning room.
I have been fighting the overflow since September. My
husband comes home everyday grumpy because he feels the house is a
mess and that the children need to do more chores and they need to
clean up after themselves.
This is what I just started:
Up no later then 9am
Showered, dressed, beds made and breakfast by 10am
Schooling from 10am to 12pm
- Monday = Math
- Tuesday = Language Arts
- Wednesday = Geography
- Thursday = Science
- Friday = Art and Catch Up Day
They read everyday. On Fridays we meet at the park with
other Home Schoolers for a play day.
Chores 12:30 - ?
Free time after chores are done.
Daughter has Girl Scouts every Tuesday in the evening
Son gets to play x box while sister is at Girl Scouts.
I am trying to get them into this schedule. They are
fighting it tooth and nail as they do not want to do their chores.
My goal is to have my son - 5 yrs old to begin reading by the end
of the year, know how to write his name by the first of the year and
to not whine and cry when he is asked to clean up his bedroom floor.
He also gets to empty the trash cans in the bathroom and kitchen,
feed the cats, sort the socks and put his clean clothes into his
My daughter - almost 8 yrs old, is a very good reader, but her
penmanship is terrible and she hates writing, so my goal for her is
to improve her penmanship, no more floating letters, no more mixed
uppercase and lower case letters, and all lower case letters uniform
in size and height, by the first of the year. She should be
able to write short paragraphs - three to four sentences, without
whining and crying and within a half hour instead of four hours by
the end of the school year. She should also be able to have her
room clean every night before bed, plus be able to take on other
chores such as wiping down the sink, toilet, and tub, sweeping the
hall and living room floor and picking up after herself. She
can already do these things, but it is a fight to get her to do them.
My goals for myself is to spend less time on the computer, get the
dishes washed (by hand - no dishwasher) every morning before the kids
start their day. (Hope to get the electrical updated throughout the
house for Christmas, and a dishwasher for my b-day in January.) I
want my house de-cluttered by the first of the year, before that if I
can find a place for everything. I want to be more organized,
with my house, my time, and my extra curricular activities. I
want to start taking a little time for myself, to just do something
for me. And, I want to have a afternoon (once a month) just for
my husband and I.
I guess what I'm trying to tell you is that you should
try to put yourself on a schedule, create a routine for your family.
Set goals of where you are and where you want to be by a certain
time. Then once you set those goals, then make a plan on how
you are going to reach those goals.
I was a teacher for years, and worked outside the home for over 20
years. Once my daughter was born, things changed for me.
I have been a home maker for the past seven years. Tried
everything I could think of on how to make money from home.
Have been fighting the idea of going back to work and putting my
children into the public school system. Instead we have cut
back on all extra expenses, including the cost of curriculum.
We get most of our ideas from books from the library, but I also use
a lot of the Girl Scout Curriculum, just add to it at times, plus
both my children are Adventurers in 4-H, so I use some of their
curriculum as well. I have to tell you, it was much easier in
the public schools. They gave you the curriculum and expected
you to follow it to the tee. Really did not have to figure out
how to adapt it to each child's interests and needs. When the
kids get routy, put them in time out, keep them in for recess, or
send them to the principal. Clean up the best you can before
leaving for home and let the janitor do the rest. I know I am
simplifying it, but I'm just trying to express that as a home school
parent it is harder. No matter what people say, you never take
off your "Mom" hat. You are always mom. You
deal with all the good things and all the not so good things.
Moms do not really get a break. BUT, home school moms get to
enjoy every minute of their children's days, the good days and the
bad days. They grow up so quickly, and before you know it they
are off on their own. Having an immaculate home, no toys, games
or papers on the floor, tables, etc. is a dream. Could be a
goal, but probably not something you will reach until the kids have
grown and left home.
Just my thoughts,
Tracey, mom of two in Oregon