I love the beginning of every school year. We are all rested and pumped up with great ideas and enthusiasm for the school year. Our school supplies are bought and our school area is clean and ready to go. This enthusiasm typically carries for a few months or if you are like me…. maybe not quite that long. Then the day to day work of homeschooling, keeping house, outside commitments and life in general start to weigh us down and we begin to feel tired. The Joy of homeschool begins to wane and Homeschool Burnout sets in.
Start the School Year with a plan
- Simplify your routine and curriculum right from the start. Don’t set up unrealistic expectations for yourself. Know thy self! The first 5 years of homeschooling I had a daily schedule. Hour by hour I had my children’s school lined up along with our daily chores. And always by the second week, that schedule went out the window. I have since realized I’m more of a checklist kind of gal. I write down what needs to be accomplished and those are the things I work on getting through. I also know that art and music are not my thing- so I stopped pretending that we would do those things together and I enrolled my children in classes where others would teach them these subjects.
- Begin to say no to outside commitments. This is the time of year where EVERYBODY is gearing up for the year ahead. Everyone is trying to find help for their committees and programs. Before committing to anything, think all the way through what that will look like for you and for your family. Think day by day and week by week. Ask specific questions like “How much time will this require of me a week, a month?” “What are your expectations of me in this area?” “Who are the others that will be helping me?” And then once you have the information tell them that you will get back to them after discussing it with your spouse and family. Never commit to anything on the spot. Remember that Homeschooling is a full time job. Do you have educational fidelity with it?
- Plan, Plan, Plan. The more well prepared you are before you start, the less likely you will feel overwhelmed. Even if you are just planning a week ahead, get everything together. Know what you will be doing and make sure you have the needed supplies. Include in your plans the meal plan for the week. It’s a good feeling to wake up in the morning and know exactly what the plan is for the day. Even if that plan ends up changing, you will still be able to rest easy Knowing that the day wasn’t a flop for lack of planning on your part.
But then there are the days when you Have to have a break, but you don’t want to feel guilty about it. I’m talking about the days when you just can’t deal with long division or you are exhausted from arguing over spelling. We all have them. Instead of throwing up your hands and giving up on the day, do something that you all can still feel good about. I am sharing 10 Sanity Savers When you need a Break over on All The Homeschool Things. Go Check it out!