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5 Simple Ways to Have a Successful Homeschool Day

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I am excited to be participating in the "5 Simple Ways" project in which you will be able to visit several sites to read 5 simple ways to do just about anything you've ever wanted to do!

Here are 5 simple ways to have a successful homeschool day.

1. Stick to a schedule.

(You'll see from that video that we like a schedule.) Or if you are not a scheduler, stick to a routine. Or if you are a more relaxed homeschooler, stick to specific goals that you are aiming toward. The quickest way to become frustrated with homeschooling is to have no direction.

2. Give yourself a break.

No schedule is perfect, and it is guaranteed that your schedule will be derailed with regularity if you are dealing with children of the human being variety. We've all had those days when the 4 year old spills an entire gallon of milk and the toilet overflows right after the dog throws up in the living room, right?

Pad your day with plenty of down time. A sure fire way to get burned out is to have too many activities planned and  constantly be rushing eight children from one thing to the next. Trust me. Just keep telling yourself that there is always tomorrow and then be sure to get back on track the next day.

3. Keep the long term goal in mind.

We have a few framed scriptures around our house that I can look at to remind me what I am shooting for.

4. Smile!

Remember that you signed up for this gig because you love those li'l rascals more than your own self and you want what's best for them. Deliberately look for the joy in what you are doing. Laugh. Sing. Make sure your children know you are glad to be with them.

I'll bet your pharmacist doesn't get to smooch the chubby cheeks of his co-workers or hear them say, "You're my best friend, Mommy!"  Granted, his co-workers probably don't leave peanut buttery hand prints on his rear, but, hey, we take the good with the bad, right?

5. Carve out some time each day for recharging yourself.

Don't get me wrong. I don't necessarily mean that you need to head to Starbucks or even take a leisurely bubble bath. This could be a cup of coffee first thing in the morning or a few minutes each evening in bed with a book.

I require all my children to observe a one hour nap time, in which all is quiet and no one is telling me knock-knock jokes or asking me where babies come from or how many days it is until summer. I can use this time to catch up on laundry or just stare out the window. I tell them that I need this time to think without interruptions and so do they.

No matter what you are doing during this time, PRAY. Ask God to guide you and bless your efforts.

If you know what you're working toward and your children know you are joyfully trying to get there together, it is a successful homeschool day!

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  1. Thanks so much for these reminders!

  2. Thanks for these gentle reminders! It was much needed today.
    May God bless you and your “class” this spring semester and may you grow to love Him more.
    Grace and Peace,
    Vicki in GA)

  3. It is always good to get a reminder of what we are homeschooling for. It is easy to forget sometimes. Keep up the good work and may God bless you in your efforts.
    Rhonda (GA)

  4. Love number 4!

  5. Thanks for the reminder! You make me laugh, and that’s a great way for mom to start the day!

  6. I think reminding homeschool parents to give themselves a break is the best advice. Whenever I come across someone who is frustrated, angry, or just about to give up it’s because they are kicking themselves over school not going as planned. It’s kids. You have to accept that there will be days when nothing goes right or they fight every lesson. It is not your fault and you can move on and have a successful day. Just don’t put it all on yourself!!
    Great article to remind us all of some simple things to focus on when the going gets tough!

  7. Love this post!

    I think you’re absolutely right. I’ve heard a few homeschoolers say how they have a ‘nap’ time or ‘down’ time in the afternoon and I think it’s a great idea. I’m trying to figure out how to do it too.


  8. Love this! Thanks for the great advice and for the smiles!

  9. Excellent advice!!! All of it so very true!

  10. Although I “only” have 7 kids :) , I couldn’t agree with you more about quiet time in the afternoon. My younger ones nap while the older ones read and Mom gets a break. That time is like gold and it allows all of us to refresh. Especially with a big family, I think it’s vital to have some quiet time alone. Great post, Connie!!

  11. Great post, we are a new homeschooling family and this is just our second day, so glad I was sent this link through a friend, it really helped put a lot of things into perspective :)

  12. I SO needed this today. We will start back to our schedule on Monday, so the timing is perfect. This momma needed to get her heart and attitude in check before the week begins. Do you know which one struck me as most profound? #4. I need to remember to smile and let them know that it is a delight, not a burden to have the privilege of homeschooling.
    Thank you for blessing me today!

  13. Heather Wawa says:

    Good stuff!

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught myself in the mirror only to see a peanutbutter handprint on the rear of my black skirt. Of course that would be AFTER I hit the library, grocery, and post office!

  14. I definitely needed this reminder today– especially three and four. I’m glad I at least stopped here in my reader. :)

  15. Great reminders to a home childcare provider. Thank you for reminding me that I chose to do this and I need to show them that I love them by laughing and smiling and telling them!

  16. Thanks for these simple yet practical suggestions! Even though our girls are 17 and 11, they are great refreshing, reminders for me as I begin planning and preparing to start our new school year in a few weeks! :o) Things I already KNOW but accountability I NEED!

  17. Some good points for homeschooling mums to remember there. Thank you.


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