I have to admit a hard truth, folks. We’ve kind of sort of misplaced our homeschool rhythm.
Or possibly it was thrown from a speeding Mustang, ridden by feral farm animals, into the jaws of an outlaw coyote. Maybe I’ve been reading too many Adventures of Hank the Cowdog to the children.
I’m not sure. All I know is our rhythm has gone missing, and I’m struggling to find it.
Homeschooling through a move is hard!
*I wrote this post last year as we were moving into our new house. The process was stressful, and I quickly learned that doing All The Things was not the best option when life gets busy.*
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When You’ve Lost Your Homeschool Rhythm
Do you ever feel like one of those trapeze artists at the circus about to jump through a flaming ring while juggling swords and balancing a poodle on your head? All the while praying your leotard doesn’t split mid-jump?
No? ….just me then.
I’m overwhelmed, honestly.
You see, on top of motherhood and homeschooling, we also bought a house. Super exciting, I know! But this house needs some TLC, and since we are doing most of the work ourselves…and learning as we go…it has been an enormous project.
Amid guitar lessons, ballet practice, play rehearsals, barn chores, and everything else, we are now spending most evenings at the new house working on tearing down walls, sanding, painting, building new chicken coops and animal stalls.
Why yes, thermal dynamics can be taught with sandpaper and power tools.
What’s for dinner, you ask? How do a hot pocket and string cheese sound?
I’m kidding! I also offered them an apple with peanut butter!
When You’ve Lost Your Homeschool Rhythm
Here’s the big pink elephant in the room.
It happens to us all.
I could say that starting tomorrow, we will have a “this and that” schedule, and everything will be smooth as silk again.
But we all know better.
For us, until we get moved into the new house and then after several months of habitation, our rhythm will be off.
That’s how life changes work, big or small. They take time, time to adjust and settle and to find what works.
Rhythms change. Homeschool and motherhood have seasons. Just like in nature, there are seasons of busyness and seasons of rest.
How to Cope With A Changing of Rhythm
Our rhythm feels lost right now because it’s changing. We are trying to create something extraordinary and beautiful. Our homeschool is part of that beauty. So we are focused on what is working and making sure we are doing those things every day.
Not laundry or dishes. Those have taken a back-row seat, as has meal planning.
Guess what? Each family is different and unique. Homeschooling is about finding what works for you and your kids. I’m seeing what’s working for my family during this stressful time. Also remember, that learning happens everywhere, not just with a textbook.
Kids are always learning!
Looking back on the past couple of weeks, I realize just how much we got accomplished.
Note: It’s totally fine to accidentally do some homeschooling awesomeness and then add it to your “What we accomplished” list.
Like, we learned power tool safety. CHECK!
Don’t try to do it all, folks! Focus on what works and make those your priorities.
Here are some of the resources I use when homeschooling through difficult times:
- Read alouds help build connections with our kiddos. We enjoyed the Adventures of Hank the Cowdog during our move.
- Audiobooks come to the rescue when you can’t fit read alouds into your day! These are great for car schooling or during appointments. Around the World Stories are another form of audio that combines geography with stories.
- Documentaries are loaded with educational benefits! Curiosity Stream is our favorite go-to for documentaries.
- Games are an easy way to sneak in stealth learning for all sorts of subjects.
- Subscription boxes can take some of the pressure off when your rhythm gets off. We adore Kiwi Crate for my 6-year-old and Tinker Crate for my 11-year-old.
- Outsource some of the homeschool work! We are big fans of Reading Eggs for younger kids. Smartick is a wonderful math program for ages 12 and younger. Duolingo is a FREE foreign language program that my son and I enjoy. Outschool offers affordable online classes for all ages. My son has taken classes on Wilderness Survival, Harry Potter Potions, and Dragons from East to West!
- Barn Chores (the animals have to eat and get their daily doses of love and affection)
Simplifying our days as much as possible helps tremendously.
Some days our plans still go awry. Some days the kids may only make it to their ballet lessons, and that’s it! It’s OK. You may or may not keep that circus poodle on your head while jumping through flaming hoops.
Those are the days when we break out our Troll Movie Soundtrack for an impromptu dance party in the front yard.
Oh, what must the neighbors think?!
It’s your turn. Tell me what you do when you’ve lost your homeschool rhythm?
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