Completing Every Lesson Everyday… Is it Possible? Or Even Necessary?

Between chores, playtime, and sports, many homeschool families struggle to squeeze in the core subjects.

Just getting through each lesson—let alone having time to delve into more advanced projects—may seem nearly impossible. If only we could add more hours to the day…

Is there a way to study every core subject every day?

These tips and tricks will help you get it all done… while maintaining your sanity.

Tackle the toughest subject first

Hit the ground running and tackle the hardest subject first.

Many kids struggle to learn math. Your kids may find other subjects more challenging. They may hate spelling or geography. You know which lesson you both dread. Tackle that lesson first… right after the breakfast dishes are cleared from the table.

Children focus best first thing in the morning, before they start getting tired, antsy, or hungry for a snack.

By completing their toughest assignment first, you avoid needing to brainstorm new ways to motivate them later in the day. You also avoid spending your day worrying about the dreaded math lesson… or spelling quiz, or geography lesson.

Protect your mornings

Once you leave the house, you and your kids lose focus.

Try to keep your momentum going from the first lesson of the day straight through to lunch. Morning hours are usually the most productive of the day. Protect those hours and reduce morning interruptions as much as possible.

Schedule doctor appointments, errands, music lessons, and phone calls for the afternoon—the later the better. (Yet hopefully early enough to get home before rush hour.) Always consolidate your routing and errands as much as possible.

Also, save large school projects for later in the day. Afternoons are perfect for hands-on learning. After completing bookwork all morning, your kids will welcome the break. Turn this “break” into another learning opportunity by scheduling crafts or a science experiment.

Work with your child’s energy level, not against it.

If they work diligently all morning but fidget in their chair after lunch, transition to an active learning activity.

Combine subjects

Sometimes it’s best to “divide and conquer,” but homeschoolers should “combine and conquer.”

Our minds work best when we narrow our focus. Thinking about a million different things at once reduces productivity. Give your mind a break by combining subjects.

Here are two great ways to streamline your day:

1. Teach the same subject to all of your kids at the same time.

Remember: teaching the same subject differs from teaching the same lesson.

Even though your kids are in different grades, you can still teach them the same subject at the same time. Just tailor the work and difficulty to each child’s age and ability.

This works better with some lessons (science, history, art, and PE) than with others (math and English).

This not only saves prep time and energy… it also keeps you focused.

If you have a wide range of ages, have your older kids help teach the younger ones. That’ll help your older kids learn the subject better anyway. So it’s a win-win.

2. Study multiple subjects simultaneously.

Combining subjects makes it easier to touch every subject every day.

Practice penmanship and spelling while completing your language arts lesson. Or study Galileo’s scientific achievements during your Renaissance history lesson.

Eradicate interruptions

Interruptions can range from off-topic questions to whining and complaining to phone calls and more.

Eliminating these interruptions seems impossible, especially with younger children. Don’t give up. Teach your kids how to respect your time and space. Tell them to write down off-topic questions to ask you later (and be sure you get back to them, so they don’t think you’re blowing them off). Train them to resolve conflict on their own.

Remember, you not only teach academic knowledge, you also foster life knowledge.

As you teach your children the importance of problem solving on their own, be careful not to fall prey to other kinds of interruptions.

Social media and the Internet can suck a lot of valuable time from your day. Even emails and phone calls can keep you from doing your best, most focused work. Try to avoid responding to emails, calls, or texts during the school day. They can easily push you off schedule.

It’s also possible to be overly structured and rigid. Be spontaneous, just not all the time.

Schedule “office hours”

Instead of trying to keep perfect tabs on every child every day, try setting aside 30 minutes to an hour (do what you can) each week for a special one-on-one time.

This provides a great time for your kids to ask you their list of off-topic questions. It also gives you time to focus specifically on their needs. Are they frustrated? Confused? Hurt? Pinpoint those areas and work together to solve the issue before it explodes.

During this time, step away from your teacher-child relationship and cement your parent-child relationship.

Set time limits

To help your children accomplish their best work, you need to help them stay focused.

If your child starts spinning their wheels trying to finish a math problem or gets writer’s block and keeps staring at a blank page, forcing them to continue will only spell trouble.

Instead, suggest skipping to the next problem or assign a new writing prompt. Work with your child to get over the hump. Keep them moving forward.

Remember, it’s okay to skip problems sometimes. It is much more important that they learn the lesson and complete the overall assignment. Getting stuck can kill their motivation to keep going.

This can sometimes be tricky. Use your discretion. Is your child sitting there pouting? Are they actually stuck? Only you can decide.

Don’t freak out

Consider how much time public and private school teachers have to waste every day.

Between taking attendance, addressing discipline issues, and walking kids to music, art, and PE classes, teachers waste a lot of time. On top of that, kids spend snack breaks, recess, and lunch playing outside.

Oh, and for the record, they hardly ever completely finish textbooks either.

Their bar is actually set lower than you think. Don’t lower your standard too much. But do the best you can, and then… relax and enjoy your children.

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