No matter how organized a mom you are; no matter how detailed your scheduling or how meticulous your record-keeping; no matter how much forethought and preparation you put into it your homeschool, there will be days, and maybe even weeks, when chaos seems to reign supreme.
Now I can allow the surprises of life to throw me for a total loop, or I can learn to adjust and go on, keeping in mind that…
- Chaotic days, and sometimes WEEKS, are par for the course. They will come.
- I need to leave some wiggle-room in my scheduling and lesson planning, just for the unexpected.
The main reason I’m not into strict scheduling is that I kept running into real life and I was left frustrated and discouraged every time my schedule was thrown off. Making plans on the short-term, always recognizing that there will be interruptions, has helped me tremendously.
And don’t forget to fill out those lesson plans in PENCIL!
|Part of MY chaos for the week? Chickenpox!
Didn’t see that comin’…
- My child’s learning won’t be stunted by a few chaotic days. Really.
Public schools, actually traditional schools in general are, when you really think about it, chock-full of chaos and drama: Fights. Meltdowns. Accidents.
Sicknesses. Social crises of various nature. And yet few
people seem to view any of these distractions as potentially threatening
to the whole educational process. Add to it that so many school-sponsored activities
conducted during school time have little to do with actual education–pep
rallies, homecoming activities, spirit celebrations, etc., and yet
virtually no one fears their child’s learning is being stunted by all the
It’s pure chaos, just defined by an orderly system of bells.
True, most homeschoolers hardly look to the public school system as the model for quality education, but I still wonder sometimes why I find myself worrying my kids are going to fall hopelessly behind because we have a week when things in our homeschool don’t go according to plans.
They will be okay. I’m convinced kids have the opportunity to learn more on a poor homeschooling day than they could ever learn on a good public school day.
- Tomorrow will be better. Or maybe the next day…