Nobody can do it all. Â Although sometimes blogs can make it look like it we get it all done. Â It can probably be a bit discouraging for those thinking about home education, with lots of little children underfoot, to read blog posts about perfectly prepared meals, perfectly planned lessons, and a crafty tutorial thrown in.
While I disagree with the statement, “I can’t have a clean house because I homeschool”, I don’t think it’s a real expectation that your home should be ready for a House Beautiful photo shoot every second of every day. Â The fact is that my home is lived in, pretty much 24/7 by eight people. Â A majority of those eight people are under the age of 10. Â Seven people do not walk out the door each morning to school/work for eight hours, while one person stays home to clean and run errands. Â So, our house is a home that reflects that. Â I’m no Martha Stewart, but we have clean clothes in our drawers and predictable meal times.
I enjoy reading home keeping/organization books and blogs. Â Taking care of my family is my job, one that I take very seriously. Â It only makes sense that I continue to educate myself on how to do that job, most efficiently and effectively, and I hope with a lot of love.
Here are some ways we get through our days:
We limit our activities, we are not out and about each day. Â Not that there is anything wrong with being busy, but just for my own sanity it doesn’t work for us. Â The kids have a couple of well chosen activities, but we have a couple of days each week that we are home. Â It allows us time to complete our lessons as well as chores around the house, and gives us down time.
We have planned meals each week. Â It’s nothing fancy or particularly impressive, but having planned meals is a true Â life-saver for me. Â I even have started planning our breakfasts and lunches, using the same plan each week. Â Makes my grocery shopping easier too.
Each day has a purpose. Â Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are laundry days. Â More on that on my 7 Easy Laundry Tips post.
Use a schedule.Â We use a schedule that gradually becomes a routine. Â It’s not a watch the clock in a frenzy schedule, but a framework to keep us moving through the day. Â I would be lost without our daily homeschool schedule!
I’m linking up this week for the final installment of the Virtual Curriculum Fair:
Weekly Homeschooling Schedule by Julie @ HighHill Homeschool
Virtual Curriculum Fair: Week 5: The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all
Together by Leah @ The Courtney Six Homeschool
Our Schedule’s Working! by Eunora @ All Things NoriLynn
Homeschooling: Â How do I do it all? by Debbie @ Debbie’s Digest
Virtual Curriculum Fair— Wrap-up Angie @ Petra School
Virtual Curriculum Fair: 5 Ways to Use an iPad in Your Homeschool by
Pam @ Everyday Snapshots
A Peek Into Our School Day by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool
A Day in the Life… by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Homeschooling at My House by Jessica @ Modest Mama
Getting a Grip on Things by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Making Home School a part of LIFE by Cindy @ For One Another
Now Where’s That Pencil Again? by Beth @ Ozark Ramblings
Something About Homeschooling I Really Didn’t See Coming by Letha @
Curriculum, Kids, and a Frazzled Homeschool Mama leads to Controlled
Chaos! by Laura O from AK @ Day by Day in Our World
The Virtual Curriculum Fair â€“ Nuts and Bolts by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
Staying on Top of Everything by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning
How Does This Homeschooling Thing Actually Work? Fitting it all
Together by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all together by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy