I run our family business, the Lucerne Tree Farm, while I homeschool, and it has been a stress and a juggle to do both at times. Over the years I have found some simple methods that keep the day running smoothly and keep me fairly sane.
In the ideal world, children should eventually cease to need us to everything with them. In fact, we should prepare our children to work more and more independently.
By junior high, your children will automatically begin to pull back and want to work in their own space and on their own. But, for homeschool sanity, when working with more than one child, and especially when running a business or working from home, this is an essential component of successful homeschooling days.
Depending on your children’s ages and stages, it helps if you have some independent work for them to continue with if you have to attend to anything urgent. Here is a list of suggested activities for children to do more independently ~
- Busy bags for toddlers
- An older sibling read aloud to the younger children
- online educational games
- computer educational games
- Bananagrams games
- appropriate YouTube videos
- Cooking or baking
- Sketch Tuesday or other art
Independent activities are very helpful for those unavoidable moments where you have to attend to work instead of teaching. Just watch out that this is not the norm and that the children learn to quickly disappear to keep themselves busy whenever you are distracted. It is far easier to keep them going than to stop and start again.
It is important to work diligently and to still be able to celebrate life with family. We all need to find the balance between work, school and family time.
I hope that these practical tips help you. If you need any more information or have helpful suggestions, please share in the comments below.