Have you ever woken up one morning and realized your homeschool is behind schedule? You’ve been saying tomorrow will be a better day one day too many. I think it happens to all of us.
Let’s be honest sometimes life gets busy. School starts, but we have the whole year ahead of us. Does it really matter if we take a quick break to enjoy the last of the sunshine? Then there’s the season of holidays in the fall. Halloween and Thanksgiving are immediately followed by the Christmas season.
Then we wake up. It’s the end of January and the homeschool is behind schedule.
When Your Homeschool Is Behind
1. How bad is it?
The is to figure out how bad the damage is. If you school continuously between now and summer break, how far behind will you be? Usually I’ve found myself pleasantly surprised by the results. We may not be completely finished, but we’ll be very close.
2. Do you want to combine weeks or lessons?
Subjects such as math are hard to combine. There’s only so many concepts of math a kid can absorb at any one time. I’ve never found it easy to combine or speed up math.
History, on the other hand, is easy to combine. It’s simply a matter of spending one less week on the Renaissance or the American Revolution. We can watch a documentary, read extra pages, or listen to a lecture.
3. Move to a 4-day week
Often homeschoolers use a 5-day week. A 5-day week is great for moving through lessons just a touch faster, but it’s easily disrupted. One child is sick. Dad is sick. A field trip opportunity arises. Something throws the homeschool off schedule.
Moving to a 4-day week gives you the give time. Friday can be the first day of a 3-day weekend, a fun project day, or a catch up day.
4. Establish strict homeschool hours
Sometimes the best thing to do is to establish strict homeschooling hours. Everyone sits down to math first thing in the morning. Perhaps morning time with poetry, literature, hot chocolate, and fun starts the day.
What begins the day doesn’t matter. What’s important is having a start time when everyone is to sit down and begin that day’s schoolwork.
5. Know what you’re doing each day
One major mistake we all make is trying to wing it. It works, sorta, when the kids are small. As children grow and more is on our plate, we need to know what we’re doing each day.
The children want to how much is assigned and when they’re done. After all nothing is worse than thinking you’re done just to find out there’s another subject to complete.
Valuable time and attention is lost as you try to figure out exactly what you’d wanted to complete that day.
6. Be prepared
Along with knowing what you’re doing each day, it truly helps to be prepared. Have you ever skipped a science experiment because you didn’t have the appropriate supplies, or even skipped history because you hadn’t printed out the worksheets yet?
Been there, done that! I certainly have. It’s lead to my prepping almost everything we’ll need for an entire year. I plan, print, and file. Science supplies are ordered. Now when the kids ask where their mapwork is, it’s in the file box!
7. Add something fun
There’s nothing like adding a touch of fun to encourage you to homeschool. Don’t skip those fascinating field trips in favor of another page of diagramming. Don’t push art aside for another drill sheet.
Use one or all of the seven tips when you’re running behind. With a bit of dedicated work, you’ll soon find your homeschool is back on track.
What is your favorite tips when you’re running behind?