Moms, you are a very important part of your homeschooling vision and you should love your homeschooling days just as much as your children. We are all equal parts of the learning, and often plan our children’s education without considering your own part in the process. You have so much to contribute to an interest-led approach.
Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things writes a refreshingly different perspective on her homeschool planning in her post How my homeschool planning has changed this year and she writes how she includes herself in the plan.
Think about your curriculum, the schedule, the priorities, and the interests. Instead of only considering what your child needs, why don’t you consider the following? She asks, ~
- What curriculums look interesting to me?
- What would I like to learn this year?
- What would bring me joy in our regular schedule and routines?
- I know my son/ daughters’ special interests. What are mine? How can I incorporate them into our learning?
“What better way for my children to engage in our days’ homeschooling, than seeing their mom just as engaged, excited and involved in the learning?”
Most moms avoid a teaching style that drains them and often opt for safe, secure, predictable curriculums. Many struggle against their natural energy rhythms, battling with boring approaches, tedious schedules or stressful expectations. I hear from many moms who feel drained, guilty and stressed about their homeschooling.
Take the time to consider your interests, the focus and style of lessons that you enjoy, and the grouping or individual time with your children. When are your energy levels low? When do you need a little moment of peace and quiet? Plan in a session of quiet reading or play so that you can regroup after more energized.
I very soon learnt that I loved literature-based education, loved reading aloud, enjoyed working with all my children together, loved hands-on activities, art and crafts … and guess what? …that is exactly the kind of homeschooling we had. I was energized after these activities. My own creativity and joy bubbled over into my planning and lessons, and homeschool was a joy for many years. Only when my daughters became teens did this change in favour of the curriculums, lessons presentation style and schedules they chose and needed to complete their final 3 years. Still, all the 8 or 9 years before were a joy and a blessing!
So, go ahead and plan in the subjects such as nature study, classical music, YouTube videos, outings, the extra subjects you want to include … just for you! Plan your homeschool to intentionally include yourself as an active participant, and enjoy your homeschooling right alongside your children!
Blessings as you grow and learn on your homeschool journey!