Take. More. Time. This is the best advice I would give any new homeschool mom. Don’t rush through your homeschool curriculum! You don’t have to stick to the schedule. Use the schedule as your guideline, and add a wide margin of extra time to your schedule.
Extend any curriculum by 3 to 6 months. Or simply add an extra week to each interesting topic or theme. Give yourselves this time to include extra activities, outings, games, books, projects, lapbooks or experiences to your suggested program. You are looking for your children’s spark of interest or delight and that is where you invest in extra time.
Imagine going on an overseas tour and rushing through because someone else planned the itinerary? It is awful to rush past a city or scenic stop or not have time to shop for bargains because the tour bus is leaving! You are your children’s tour director. Give them more time to explore and enjoy their experiences.
Imagine joining a banquet dinner and the Master of Ceremonies rushes everyone through their courses? No time to chat and enjoy the food. No time to sip and savour the delicious tastes? No time to marvel at new foods and combinations? No second helpings? You’d end up with indigestion, right? So why do we do this to our young homeschooled children?
Just because an educational professional decided how long each chapter or lesson should take, does not mean that is your only option.
18 months. That’s my magic formula instead of 1 year. We have always kept to a 4-day school week and yet we have never “fallen behind”. I have never regretted extending a curriculum … ever. I have used and re-used each curriculum enjoying a slow, enjoyable experience rather than rush and race to keep up with the schedule.
Don’t worry if some subjects slide slightly out of sync. Simply take a week to catch up with any subject or reading that has fallen behind.
You are the tour director for your homeschool journey. Tailor make their experience and enjoy every minute!