Help! I Homeschool and I Can’t Get It All Done!


 
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Help! I Homeschool and I Can't Get it All Done!

Help! I Homeschool & I Can’t Get It All Done!

4 Tips to Help You Get More Done!

As a mom of five, I’m always asked, “How do you get it all done?” I’m always struck with the urge to say something highly sarcastic for shock value like, “Well, Martha Stewart is my mother-in-law” or “It just kind of comes naturally to me.” I usually just laugh and re-affirm the sweet mom asking that I don’t.

That’s the truth! I don’t! I don’t even try to “get it all done!” The best juggler in the world couldn’t manage to keep all the “balls” I have on my plate in the air. So, my trick—my “juggling” secret—is to juggle fewer balls.

You have to pick! You have to chose wisely. You have to set some balls down.

Often at the start of our homeschool year we have these “Stepford-Homeschool-Mom” visions of all we will accomplish the next year. The amazing field trips we’ll take, the gorgeous history notebooks we’ll create, the beautiful schedule we spent all summer working on that will get “check marks” as things get completed on time—and don’t forget, the wonderful time cuddled together on the couch reading from a classic book while the toddlers play quietly at our feet.

Then “BAM!”—the first week of homeschooling comes and we are left at the end of the week wondering why we ever thought it was possible to homeschool. It’s like Monday morning we are June Cleaver, and by Friday we are Lucille Ball.

Every homeschool mom experiences this feeling! We all want our kids to succeed and be the best they can be. So, we tend to bite off more than we can chew. There are just too many amazing options with homeschooling.

When I’m feeling like I’m just not getting everything done that I want to get done, I try to step back and re-evaluate what it is that we actually need to get done.

How to Get More Done in Your Homeschool Day:

  1. Simplify!
    The first step to getting things done is to pick out what really, truly needs to get done. Do you have to do the pretty history notebook this year and the science lap book? Maybe you have to pick one special project for the year or for a month.
  2. Take Back Your Mornings!
    I find that if our mornings are off, our whole day is off! I’ve had to list out all the things we need to get done in the morning, and move everything else to other times in the day. {I have two whole chapters in my new book, Sanity Savers for Moms, about mornings and creating routines.}
  3. Move Subjects Around!
    This has been the “magic sauce” in my homeschool! I found that one year we were never getting to our read-aloud books. So, we started doing them at night when were weren’t getting constantly interrupted by our littles.
  4. Drop Balls!
    Seriously, you can drop things from your homeschool. You can combine subjects to kill two birds with one stone. Unit studies are great for this. I’ve also found that there tends to be a lot of overlap within language arts to do some “mixing” together. Have your kids pick great vocabulary words to add to their writing assignment on a historical subject. That’s three subjects in one assignment. Sometimes, a little creativity goes a long way.

Getting it all done is a myth that we invent in our minds as we peruse the pages of Facebook and Pinterest and start comparing our messy homeschool day with other people’s highlights. You will drive yourself crazy if you try to compare your real life homeschool to the picture you have in your mind of what “it should look like.”

Looking for more tips and practical advice?

I’m so excited to tell you more about how I get things done–and stay sane (most days). My new book, Sanity Saver for Moms! 7 Simple Solutions for a More Joy-filled Life, was written for moms just like you. I hope it blesses you in your mothering–and your homeschooling!

This book is no longer free, but you can purchase your own copy here.

 

Sanity Savers for Moms: 7 Simple Solutions for a more Joy-filled Life by Kristi Clover -- Attaining sanity in the midst of motherhood sometimes seems like an impossible task. Motherhood by definition is often a bit chaotic. There are so many balls we are juggling everyday, it seems almost inevitable that a few of those balls will drop. The question is which ones. This awesome new book is a MUST for any mom who has ever felt a bit overwhelmed!

 

The “Help! I Homeschool!” Series

This post is part of my “Help! I Homeschool” series! There are more great posts coming that talk through the common homeschool challenges. I hope they all bless you in your homeschooling. Be sure to check out my other posts:

Help! I Homeschool and My House is a Mess!Help! I Homeschool, & My House is a Mess! by Kristi Clover of Raising Clovers - Some days I feel like I have to make a decision: Will we get everything done with our homeschool work today or will I actually get my house clean? There doesn’t always seem to be a middle ground. It feels like it’s one or the other. Balancing homeschooling and house work is very hard work, but I share some practical tips on how I try to stay on top of the mess! (& unbury us when needed) :){You are going to love this one! It’s one of my most popular!}

Help! I Homeschool and My House is a Mess!

"Help! I Homeschool & We're Behind" by Raising Clovers -- It's normal to fall behind with your homeschool (even public schools do). However, when you know you're behind it's no fun -- & quite stressful. I share encouragement -- & 5 practical tips to help get back on track.


 

KC Circle Flower 2Kristi Clover is a Christian, homeschooling mom to five blessings ranging from teens to tots and wife to her high school crush. Aside from her family, she’s passionate about encouraging and inspiring women in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers by offering “Simple Solutions for a More Joy-filled Life.” Her tips are creative, practical, and help bring back some simplicity in the chaos of life and homeschooling—helping moms to let go of the mommy guilt they often feel in this “Pinterest-perfect” world. She blogs about her adventures in wifehood, mommyhood, and the fun to be found in homeschooling at Raising Clovers. You can find her on YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter—& Periscope as @RaisingClovers! She’s also the author of The Scoop on Scope: Periscope Pointers for Beginners, Bloggers, and Beyond! and Sanity Savers for Moms: 7 Simple Solutions for a More Joy-filled Life.


 


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  1. This is all such great advice. I’ve found that moving subjects around can be a downright miracle. Sometimes I do that from week to week, just so things never get boring. I take my queues from the littles, and make changes accordingly. It really does help keep us on track.

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