Friday, January 20, 2012

8th Grade Literature Learning

The same old thing day in and day out can really get boring. Do you ever feel like you're stuck in a rut with your homeschool schedule? Well, don't feel obligated... just out of that rut and try something different.
A literature based approach to learning, can be your answer. Sometimes when we get stuck and just feel like our schedule has become our taskmaster - we'll just break it! Take a time off - and switch to literature based learning. You have tons of options, but a couple more popular are doing a literature unit using a theme... or just reading a series of related books on a topic. If you were studying american history - and wanted a break - switch to reading a series of American History biographies.
This type of learning will usually get your students refreshed and back to peak performance... Don't let the doldrums rob you of your love of learning!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Homeschool stress

Are you at the place that you feel like you're drowning? Don't despair, you are not alone. Homeschooling is a great endeavor, a worthy cause, and a wonderful investment...but it isn't a bed of roses. You are with your children all day every day, and sometimes that in itself can be overwhelming. Homeschooling is filled with built in pressure. We, as parents or guardians are automatically under pressure to "make sure" that our children are understanding and getting what they are supposed to be learning. It isn't easy, but don't despair. You are one of the few people in the world that knows your child the best, and because of this you are best able to meet his/her needs.

At times I have felt completely overwhelmed. It is during these times, that I have stopped what I was doing and took a few days off. Declare a holiday until you are in a better mindset. (Hopefully that won't take all year! :)) Take time to take inventory of what you are doing...is it unrealistic... is it just too much...can you adjust your schedule to make more time for non-stressful things... do you need to find a different homeschool curriculum that may alleviate the stress... Don't just let the stress eat you alive, try to get rid of it. Find a way to eliminate the things that are causing the issue. As you work through this, allow yourself time to heal.

Once you are able to find a more appropriate schedule or curriculum, jump back in. After a bit of rest, and a new schedule you may just find you are ready to go again!