I have been homeschooling for four years. Homeschooling is not just children learning but us homeschooling parents too! Homeschooling all year-long has taken a toll on my children and I. We got burned out! Honestly I was starting to yes a word I do not like to say — hate homeschooling! Homeschooling all year round with our full curriculum during the school year and during the summer, handwriting, math and reading. Now don’t get me wrong all year-long we go on homeschool field trips, play dates, classes and other fun-filled educational things but still that is not really a break.
My homeschool friends have been encouraging me to take a break but the thought of that made me anxious. Will I be behind and what if I do not get everything done? Even not doing homeschool over the weekend and trying to get the kids back on track for a new homeschool week is difficult, they just simply do not want to homeschool. Honestly I can understand why, I have nothing to prove. I am not just saying this because I am their mom, they are smart and are on track.
I had enough and I decided to rest…………… Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! We took last week off and I have a new love for homeschool. Nervous about starting back up but I know we are rested. I am tweaking our schedule and trying not to do 7 subjects a day – my oldest is only 8! So as we do Florida history for the year I will not just read to my kids and give them worksheets. We will be doing cooking, crafts and field trips that coincide with our learning.
Last week was a time where I just enjoyed my kids. Not even feeling guilty for taking a break — complete peace in my decision. At first I thought I needed to schedule play dates for the week and then I decided that I didn’t need to do that, I wanted to spend the time with them, all of the time! No arguing that we need to do school, not being chained to a schedule just having plain ol’ fun!
So what did we do?
Bubble Wrap Art, the park, got our haircuts, played board games, played Lincoln Logs, spend the day with my parents at Gumbo Limbo and went out to lunch, went on a homeschool field trip where the kids did a nature walk and looked for bugs, dipnetted, did Picasso masterpieces of themselves then ate at Chick-fil-A with friends, went to the library, went to the playground and had an old-fashioned picnic with a blanket on the ground. We did a lot and I think my kids and I will treasure those moments forever verses who was Miles Standish?
I strongly think breaks are a must!!!!! Let me say it again, I strongly agree breaks are a must! Yes, this is coming from someone who did homeschooling on Thanksgiving! No more! I believe God has given me the direction of taking time off. We will be taking off Thanksgiving and the major holidays AND we will be taking off a week every 6 weeks or so. When we are homeschooling we will accomplish what we need to get done with no worries about taking time off.
Not only do I think that homeschoolers need breaks but I think we need to be more relaxed. Do not be stressed out if you do not get it all done in one day. One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is the flexibility! So what you do not finish do the next day and so forth.
I know moms who have put their kids back in public school because of burn out, the track I was on that was going to be me. Homeschool moms take heed because burn out happens. My prayer is that homeschoolers enjoy schooling and their children and not resent it. Our kids are only little once and they grow so fast that if we blink too long they are grown up and moved out. So enjoy homeschooling, it’s a blessing! Please homeschoolers if you have any questions please feel free to contact me, if you need encouraging and/or prayer over your homeschooling let me know. It’s not an easy job, many think it’s easy but it’s one of the most difficult jobs out there!