Life can be crazy. Chaos happens. But, it doesn’t have to get your home school off track. With our family of 8 we’ve been through this many times. Sickness, moving, or life events can all cause a serious disruption of home school life. Yet, it doesn’t have to blur our focus from what’s important. Here are a few things I keep in mind when the waves of life hit hard.
1. Remember it isn’t the end of the world to “call it a day.” Sometimes it’s just best when life is throwing it’s worst at you. In the words of Scarlett O’Hara, “After all, tomorrow is another day!” Press the reset button and come back to it. It’s not going anywhere.
2. If you feel overwhelmed take a step back and review what you’re doing. Keep your home school focus by concentrating on what is most important. If it isn’t vital, let it go for a while.
3. Sometimes we just need a complete overhaul. Often homeschooling itself is the stressor, and causes us to lose our focus. If this is the case take a look at “what” you’re doing. Maybe you need a new home school curriculum, or perhaps a new style of learning.
If you’re overwhelmed with life then the extra work of teaching and grading might be more than you can handle. I switched to an online curriculum for this very reason, and it even included an online Spanish language course. This gave me a little more freedom from lesson plans, teaching, and grading at least for a few subjects. Which is alot when you are homeschooling multiple grade levels.
Losing focus is easy to do, getting off track even easier… but don’t let it overwhelm you. Take a breath and a hard look at what you can do about it. Remember, sometimes the stress we feel is that of our own expectations. We can lose our focus or we can REFOCUS on what matters. You decide!