Did you over-schedule your year? You kept adding another fun activity to the day. Another must-do curriculum to your schedule. Another vital search on the computer. And now you’re overwhelmed and floundering.
I think we’ve all done it at one time or another.
Scholé Means You Can’t Do It All
But running around in circles in not teaching from rest or scholé! Just the opposite in fact. If you want scholé in your homeschool, you must relax.
Begin by reducing the number of activities so you and your children have free time during the week. Sure dance, swimming, soccer, and violin all have benefits. But so does curling up in a chair reading a good book.
If you’re doing too much, you don’t have time to breathe. Much less having time to enjoy baking cookies together on a rainy afternoon. Or even head outside to explore the local pond and chasing frogs.
You need to apply the same philosophy to the number of subjects you’re teaching.
Again if you’re doing too much, kids don’t have time to ponder the story of Alexander or to muse upon the Trojan Horse. Everyone is scrambling from one subject to the next and the day ends with parents and kids alike flopped down on chairs in the living room wishing homeschool life was different.
You can not do every subject under the sun!
And if you want scholé in your homeschool, you also must reduce the time you spend on the cell phone or computer. It’s tempting to google a better reading program for the kids. Surely this one will inspire your child to read! But the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. And the new reading program won’t do your work for you. Put down the cell phone, turn off the computer.
Seriously, give it a try. You’ll be amazed at how much time you discover in the day when you’re not constantly attached to a screen! And your little 5yo will read faster if you put in the time studying phonics together.
By reducing the amount of outside activities you’re involved in and cutting down on the number of subjects you complete, you’ll find your family has more free time.
But what do you do with this free time?
Try using this time for curling up on the sofa enjoying lazy afternoons reading together. Bake cookies. Make steaming cups of hot chocolate. And enjoy an afternoon in Narnia!
Grab your kids and head out for a long nature walk. See how many birds you see while you’re outside. Can you identify them? Take a few pictures and spend an afternoon sketching birds into your nature journal.
You now have time for those pesky science experiments. Show your kids how to turn an egg into rubber or blow up a balloon using baking soda and vinegar. Create a model of a cell using jello and candy.
Try your hand at history projects. Your kids can mummify a chicken. Or if that’s a bit too much for you, have them mummify a teddy bear! Your kids can create a book codex, a scroll, or try their hand at printing.
Pull out the art supplies and spend an afternoon studying and copying Michelangelo, Raphael, or even Picasso! Challenge your kids to recreate masterpieces using the supplies you have available.
Send your kids into the backyard to search for ants, beetles, and ladybugs. Create a bug hotel. Rope off a square and see what happens inside that square throughout the year.
Head down to the local museum to enjoy the exhibits. Ask your kids to study the various pieces of art and tell you what they think. How does the art make them feel? Which is their favorite piece?
When you cut down on the number of activities and subjects you’re involved in, you’ll find scholé in your homeschool. Kids will have time to read their favorite books, draw, paint, study. Your family will have time to explore the world. You can read great books together in the living room, bake cookies, recreate masterpieces, and mummify stuffed animals.
And your children will have time to explore the world and continue their education.