Ah, homeschooling...it is what we believe the Lord has called us to do, yet there are days when I feel inadequate. Last year was my first "heavy duty" year with a first-grader and I took on too much. I felt so overwhelmed and disorganized and I knew---this year HAD to be different! It is no easy task homeschooling a 2nd grader and kindergartener while also caring for a 2-year-old, household responsibilities, church responsibilities, tutoring part-time, trying to sell our house and many other things I won't bore you with. I thought to myself, "this can be done....look at all the mothers of 3, 4 and even more children who do it and are caring for a newborn, too! So I sought advice from friends, strangers, and of course, my Heavenly Father. I took a tidbit from here and a gem from there and came up with a schedule that works for us (with occasional tweaking). Here is the gist of it:
Of course, there is also the issue of space. We do not have a "homeschooling room," so most of our schooling happens at the kitchen table (besides field trips and other learning experiences at places like the grocery store, bank, etc.). I only have one small bookshelf (crazy for a book addict like myself...yes, I have books crammed in other random place in my home) in the living room and a coat closet to use for storage. I had to purge my home of many unused items and organize the rest of it. Here are some pics of what my homeschool storage areas look like. The bottom line is that I just can't keep everything I would like to keep or buy all the resources I would like to buy. The public library has definitely become my friend!
I have also started planning only 2 weeks ahead (in detail) and then, in pencil! I plan to type up all final plans at the end of the week to have a nice record of all instruction but we will see if that happens.
I hope this is an encouragement to others that homeschooling can be done with limited space and limited time, brain power, whatever. If you are truly willing and lean on the Lord for strength and help, it is possible! I am not saying I will always be homeschooling, but for now I am making it work! (I cannot forget to mention that our weekly homeschool community, Classical Conversations, helps to keep us accountable, on track, and encouraged!)