Let me tell you we are currently derailed, and frankly I’m little bit concerned because I cannot even see the train much less the tracks. It’s hard enough finishing your year strong but right now we are not pressing on toward the prize but meandering around and having some issues of wildness, sloth & laziness. And I’m just talking about the me, so you can imagine the kiddos. Seriously though we were have several problems because I was not focused on the task at hand and they were the following:
How to know if your homeschool is off track
- Are we accomplishing the tasks the Lord has laid before us consistently?
- How much time are we spending schooling and is it adequate to complete the tasks at hand?
- I checked my lesson plan to see if we are completing a weeks worth of work
- I checked to make sure I had not “over assigned” or given my children too much work to do.
- Am I facilitating success or am I allowing failure?
- Do I have everything I need to be successful? (such as photocopies, my understanding of material etc…)
The problems we had leading to getting off the track
- We moved in March
- Too many outside activities
- Not completing work
- Plodding through work
- Painfully slow transitions
After diagnosing our problem was me and my lack of leadership after our move. I was no longer facilitating success but was distracted and I was allowing the kids to fail. I decided to fall back on my handy Dandy Schedule! Now I want to emphasize we are not truly a “scheduled” family. Although I do follow a schedule to a T when needed and then we slowly transition back into a comfortable routine.
How to get your Homeschool back on track
- Redo the mangers of their homes schedule
- Encourage the kids to work quickly and transition well & Manage their time
- Formalize the twins Montessori stations
- Review where we are we and where we are going. We missed nearly 6 weeks of school with our move which for us is 1/2 of a trimester.
- Use MY TIME wisely!
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,” 1 Corinthians 14:3
During the first week when we are getting back on track our schedule is very strict but by the 3rd week we are again ready to fall into a routine. It is the momentum of the routine that gets us through each day joyfully. I do use our schedule each day but other then meal times & sleeping times we simply use it as a benevolent guide not a tyrannical ruler. A short brown tyrannical ruler is what I become when I try to stick to closely to the schedule as a lifestyle.
I’ll also carefully guard my time and make sure I am doing what I am supposed to be doing too.
Other Bloggers getting in the groove…
So what do you do when you need to get your homeschool moving again after a derailment?
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