I don’t know about you, but the longer I homeschool, it seems the busier I become. It may be the fact that I have more kids, more subjects to teach, or just life getting in the way. But, I know without a doubt that the older I get, the harder getting school and my to do list done tends to be.
So, how can a busy homeschool mom be sure she not only gets school done, but everything else done as well?
Planning ahead for days off, field trips, doctor’s appointments, etc are crucial to homeschool success. Now, I have confessed before that I am not a big planner, but I do make notes in my planner to remind me that we may have to miss a day of bookwork due to another activity.
When making doctor’s appointments I try to plan for afternoon only. I know that if I plan something in the morning our whole school day will be ruined.
Finding a good routine for your day and for your homeschool is another important factor for a busy homeschool mom. When I am sick, or tied up with something unplanned, my girls know their school routine. They know what they need to do, and can normally get it done with little to no supervision. This also makes it easy for dad to step in if need be.
Another routine that helps me get things done is my cleaning routine. I have set laundry days, set days when I meal plan, and when I clean the bathrooms. This routine has been a huge time saver for me, and keeps me and my to do list on track.
One of the biggest things a busy homeschool mom needs to do is prioritize. Take a look at your to do list. What is the MOST important thing on there? Start with most important and work your way down. For some that may be getting school done, for others it may be tending to a fussy baby, and yet others may be tackling that pile of laundry so you all have clean clothes tomorrow. When my to do list is overwhelming I go through and number the items based on what HAS to be done. For me this is usually work, then school, then household tasks. Your list will probably look different, but the key is finding out what you need to prioritize, and working from there.
Moms, we are all busy, and homeschooling is a huge part of our day. It is important that we plan ahead for school, find a routine that works for us, and prioritize our to do lists. Doing these three things can help us stay on task in our day, and can ensure that we get SOME of our to do list done….
What tips do you have for a busy homeschool mom?
Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook andPinterest.