A major part of why I started a blog in the first place is so I could share things that I have learned with you all, things that might make life easier for someone else. One of my jobs these past almost 12 years is to home educate my 3 children (16, 15, and 12). With more than a decade of experiences to pull from, I’ve got much to share!
Soooo….here is a tip for my homeschooling mamas and papas that I have found so very helpful:
Schedule a Teacher Workday for yourself.
Public and private school teachers have workdays for a reason. They need time to plan, to catch up on correcting papers, think, and so on. And guess what? They also need a break from having to be prepared to teach their students.
Why wouldn’t you need the same thing? We are teaching our students multiple subjects (in multiple grade levels), all in addition to our regular parental duties and responsibilities. We so need time to breathe and refresh, and we are not meant to keep pushing and pushing.
I have learned to schedule 1 Teacher Workday every month for myself. This has come in especially handy the older my children have gotten. Their workload has increased a great deal, and it is necessary for me to make constant course corrections to slow down (or pick up the pace) to make sure they are truly absorbing what they are learning. The TW gives me that time to slow down, regroup, catch up, and plan. And it works in the flow of our homeschooling when I plan for it!
It also takes the pressure off of me to have to teach something that day…whew! For you all with younger kiddos, this could make for a day to relax and let your children be creative, play on their own, have a library day…you get the picture. 😉
Give yourself a break, and plan your Teacher Workdays! You will be refreshed, and you will be a better teacher for it. And please let me know your thoughts on this idea as well 😉
Next week we’ll revisit a post I wrote last year on the ebbs and flows of your teaching/school season…until then,
Stay encouraged and keeping moving forward,