This Isn’t On the Homeschool Lesson Plan

My name is Lexi and I’ve been homeschooling for 7 years.

 

And I still have no idea what I’m doing.

 

No matter how long you’ve been homeschooling, I can promise you that every day is a new adventure and most things don’t go as planned.

 

Let me share a little bit about our back to school week…

 

The week before we started back to school my husband started to have total chaos at work. We had some serious stress over a situation with a co-worker. This resulted in so. much. lost. sleep.

 

That week one of my children hurt her foot, and after a visit to the urgent care, we learned that she injured her Achilles tendon.

 

The weekend before our first day of school, I rolled my ankle and hurt the ligament. After visit number 2 to the urgent care, I tried to get ready for school while limping around and taking breaks to ice my ankle.

 

During our first week of school I had a death in the family and also received word that another family member was critically ill.

 

On our first day of school I woke up early to get the homeschool room cleaned up because I hadn’t finished organizing or planning. Great start to the day, right??

 

In the first hour of school I had two children arguing and one child melting down in frustration.

 

Right after breakfast we had a giant spill of bright pink acrylic paint all over the white carpet. Cleanup took half an hour and half a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

 

A few minutes later the baby dumped out a giant bucket of beads all over the floor. That was another half hour of clean up for that.

 

That morning the dog ate 1 math block, 1 rock, 2 papers, 1 colored pencil, 3 markers, and the spine off of one book.

 

Two children spent the morning arguing, another spent the day pouting, and yet another child spent most of the school time whining.

 

No amount of cheerful enthusiasm on my part could turn the day around.

 

By 10 a.m. I was in the huddled in the homeschool closet on the phone with my husband crying.

Needless to say, it was not the way I had envisioned our first day of school.

 

I was ready to put my kids on a bus and go on a long vacation alone. I was just so very very done.

But I’m so thankful for my husband’s listening ear and encouragement. He talked me off the ledge and helped me get refocused.

 

None of those interruptions and minor disasters were on my lesson plan for that first week of our homeschool. Life took over in a big way and I had to improvise.

 

If you’ve homeschooled for even one day, then you’ve probably already discovered that you’ll encounter many things that aren’t on the lesson plan. It only takes one small thing to throw the entire day off track, leaving your tired and discouraged.

 

So, what can you do when you have a day when nothing goes as planned?

 

  • Call an emergency meeting

Gather your students around and have a little chat. Talk with them about what is going well and what’s not going so well. Have them help you create a plan and discuss ideas for changes as you move forward in the day.

 

  • Make a new plan

Use recent events as teachable moments and change the lesson plan. Create a unit study about recent events or find some books that

 

  • Know that this is par for the course in homeschool

Yes, we all go through this in our homeschools. Even moms who have been homeschooling for many years have days that take them by surprise, throw them off track, and leave them feeling discouraged.

 

  • Remember that homeschooling is about character

Homeschooling is a great way to focus on the character of your kids and teaching them how to handle the various situations that come their way. But I’ve found that homeschooling seems to be much more about my own character.

 

Nothing has molded my character quite like the long days of homeschooling.

 

You’ll find that homeschooling will teach you flexibility and adaptability.

Here’s a little secret: You’ll actually learn more from homeschooling than your kids ever will.

So, it’s ok! Embrace the chaos that will come with homeschooling and know that most days will not go as planned.

 

Further Reading

How to Conquer Homeschool Burnout

Don’t Tell Me About Your Homeschool Day

8 Tips to Start Your Year Off Right

Confessions of This Homeschool Mom

 

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