Homeschooling is tough. It’s harder if you’re homeschooling multiple children; it’s even harder if you’re homeschooling with an infant or toddler at home, trying to work at the same time, or have other responsibilities that have to be completed during the day (entirely aside from keeping the house clean, the children fed, and the laundry done). There are days, in fact, when it seems to be an insurmountable challenge just to get through the day. Some of that difficulty, however, comes down to a simple question: how prepared are you?
Do you wake up each morning planning to fly by the seat of your pants, or do you have a schedule in place? Do you organize your materials the night before (or even several days before), or do you go running around trying to gather them up when you need them immediately? Do you have a stash of common materials on hand, or do you frequently find yourself having to “make do” with what you do have…or run out to acquire something you really need?
How prepared are you?
Do you have lesson plans in place that you can complete on those days when everything falls apart and you realize that you have nothing for your children to do? Do you have meal plans that can be thrown together in a hurry for those days when it’s suddenly five o’clock and you have no idea what you’re going to feed your children? Do you have a plan of action for the days when everything falls apart, everyone is miserable, and you aren’t sure how you’re going to survive until your spouse makes it home?
Do you know what your state’s standards are for your child’s grade level? Have a plan of action in place for visiting all of those by the end of the school year? Do you know your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and know how to address them?
Having a plan in place can make a big difference in your overall peace of mind and how your day goes. Being spontaneous and able to change plans at a moment’s notice is a gift; but some kind of structure will make everyone’s life easier.