The Homeschooling Crimes Series: The Mom Who Just Wants to Play!

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This is the fifth post in our Homeschooling Crimes Series!

justwantstoplayYou may be wondering “what exactly is a homeschooling crime?” Basically it is something that no one would expect a homeschooler to commit or even admit to doing. Believe it or not, there are moms out there that struggle with different aspects of homeschooling their children. A lot of times we may not want to admit to these “crimes” for fear of what others may think of us. There may be friends and family members that don’t agree with our way of life and we may be fearful to let them know that there are areas we struggle with.

This series is a satire of sorts. It is meant to be funny, and maybe even a little sarcastic, but it is also meant to encourage, and to let you know that you are not alone in your struggles. Many moms feel guilty for committing these “crimes” and may even feel like they don’t measure up to other homeschooling families. Each post in this series will highlight and examine the crime, with practical solutions, links and suggestions to help solve and prevent the crime from happening!

This week the crime we will be examining is: The Mom Who Just Wants to Play!

A mom who just wants to play? You can’t spend all day playing with your kids! You have to educate them and teach them so they will learn. You can’t let them play all day long! Have you ever heard this? Maybe you have felt like you have to be schooling your kids all day and replicating a classroom? A lot of times we can feel pressure from family members or friends and feel like we have to be schooling our children just like a real school day, and that there will be no time for play.

I am one of those moms who would rather play with my kids. You may have gathered from the other posts in this series that I really don’t like the teaching part of homeschool! I would much rather spend time playing with my kids, doing hands on activities, cooking in the kitchen with them, and playing outside. Playing is so much more enjoyable than trying to teach them how to read, or drilling math facts and giving spelling tests!

So, how do you homeschool if you are the mom who just wants to play?

Let’s solve this crime:

Schedule play time into your day:
I believe it is very important to incorporate play time into your day. It will help prevent burnout and give you fun time with your kids that doesn’t require anything from them or you. You just get to play! This could look like a 30 minute block of time for “recess” in the mornings or a block of free play time in the afternoons.

Try a curriculum or learning style that isn’t so textbook or school-like:
There are so many types of curricula that have really fun, hands on elements to them. When you are using these with your children sometimes it doesn’t even feel like you are doing school! There are lots of crafts to make, recipes to cook, books to read together and much more! I like to use this type of curriculum for History and Science specifically. It really makes the subjects come alive and it’s fun for all!

You may want to check out:
Homeschool in the Woods – check out our review of The Time Travelers Series
Considering God’s Creation – check out our review of Considering God’s Creation Science a Charlotte Mason Style Notebooking Curriculum
Apologia Elementary Science
Mystery of History – check out our Mystery of History Review
Story of the World
New Millenium Girls – there is a creative writing curriculum that lets you play with paper dolls!

Try a 4 day school week:
When mine were elementary age and younger we had a 4 day school week. As they have gotten older and we joined a co-op, it has been a lot harder to do a 4 day week. I absolutely loved having one day off a week. We would use that morning to run errands, go grocery shopping, go to the park, go thrift store shopping and had free time to play. We used our afternoons to play games, do art projects, and do some cooking and baking in the kitchen! I miss our “day off”, and have fond memories of all the fun we had. If you are more of a “free spirit”, a 4 day week may be perfect for your family!

If you are a mom who just wants to play, don’t fret, there will be time to play! Just make sure that you create time for it. It is so easy to get bogged down with school work that we forget to play. Cherish these times you have at home with your children, they go so fast!

Check out the other posts in our Homeschooling Crimes Series:
The Mom Who Doesn’t Like to Read Aloud
The Mom Who Can’t Teach Math (because she failed it in highschool)
The Mom Who Can’t Teach Her Child How to Read

The Mom Who Isn’t Crafty

Written by Sarah


Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Granola Mama to 4 children ages 16-5. She is a Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for 13 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, Coffee and Green Smoothies!

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