I admit, I haven’t been the best at writing lately. I am burning double-ended candles, and I know that eventually it’s got to end. Right?
Gosh I hope so, because things may be about to get even crazier around here. I’m applying for a very selective, short-term college Phlebotomy program. I have made it through the first 3 hoops and now I’m waiting to see if I am chosen.
How do you prepare for a season of upheaval in your homeschool?
You plan for it. I don’t know whether I will be accepted into this program or not. It looks like I may be, but they only take 20 students and there were 60 of us that attended orientation. I have to keep an open mind and yet be realistic. I may be gone in the mornings for several weeks.
Whether you’re taking a college class, having a baby, caring for a sick relative, or tearing apart your kitchen for a major remodel, a little planning ahead will go a long way for your sanity.
Be aware of what your students are capable of.
If you’ve got middle school and high school students, they aren’t going to be as dependent upon you as your third grader is, but don’t set the bar too high. Or too low.
Know where you’re going.
If, like mine, your time of uncertainty or upheaval has an end point, prepare for it. Know where you want to be when you reach that point, and plan for it. Come mid-November, I know that life will go back to normal and I have an idea of what I want accomplished by then.
Keep it simple.
Don’t create elaborate lesson plans that lean too heavily on any one thing, if there’s a possibility that the one thing may not happen. You can always add in things as you’re able, when you’re able.
Train your kids ahead of time.
We have 3 weeks before I begin school (if I get in) to start working on expectations and responsibilities. We will have another 4 weeks before I’ll have to be gone during the mornings. This 7 weeks will be our training period. The time you put into preparing them will help later on.
Don’t expect perfection.
Be realistic. When dealing with uncertainty, you cannot expect yourself or your kids to do everything perfectly. This is a good rule for life, actually.
Set a routine.
For us it will be a regular system of what happens in what order, so that they can check it off as they go and they will know when they are done. This includes chores and school work. If they don’t get done, there will be a set list of consequences for their inaction.
Do use a planner.
Without my planner I would be lost. Nothing would get done consistently. Find one you like and use it. Write in pencil.
Touch bases with your kids and husband weekly.
Be sure that everyone understands what is expected, and how things need to happen. Find out how they are handling it.
Hold your plans loosely.
If you have to let school go for a short period of time, it’s not the end of the world. You will get through the crazy time, and then you can get back on track when it’s over.
Are you entering a season of upheaval? How are you planning for it?