You 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 Isn’t Organized!
Homeschooling is not an easy task. There are records and grades to keep track of, work to file, lessons to plan and research, field trips to organize and so much more! If you have more than one child you are homeschooling then you go ahead and double, triple and quadruple your planning workload. Planning and organizing your homeschool can be difficult if you aren’t a natural born planner at heart or if you are a “free spirit” like myself, who pretty much wings it on a daily basis.
There can be so much pressure on us homeschooling moms to perform like “real” teachers and be all Pinterest perfect and organized. So, what are you to do if you aren’t? What happens if the county calls and wants to see your portfolios and they consist of PILES of books thrown into a milk crate? Do you wait until the last minute to organize last year’s school work to get ready for Portfolio evaluations? Do you struggle with planning your schedule and lessons out? Is your house overtaken by art projects and school books?
Is it hard to get everything done in one day because you don’t have a schedule in place?
Coul you be The Mom Who Isn’t Organized?!?!?
Let’s solve this crime:
Admit your guilt and pray for wisdom:
First thing you need to do is admit that you need help in this area. It can be hard to try to do everything yourself. A lot of time we moms suffer alone. We won’t admit that we fall short in a certain area or that we need help with something. There are so many other women out there that have struggled with the same thing. There are also seasoned and veteran homeschool moms that would love to offer their advice and help. Pray for creative ideas to implement in your home that would be the right fit for your family. Ask God to bring a friend to you to help. I am sure there is someone in your homeschool circle or even in your family that loves to organize things. They could come in and help you get started.
Create a schedule:
If you are sick of “flying by the seat of your pants” then you will want to try to create a schedule for your home. This can be simple or detailed. I prefer simple!
Here are some examples and how-to’s of various types of schedules you may want to try out:
How to create a daily homeschool schedule from Living Life and Learning – with free printables!
Have your children keep track of their own schedule with this Weekly Checklist from Not Consumed.
Simple Homeschool Schedule for Working Moms from Not Consumed. – I love how she breaks their day into chunks. This is the method I have found that works best for my family!
FREE Printable Daily Routine from Meet Penny.
Secrets from Charlotte Mason on Scheduling for Peace – If you are a Charlotte Mason Style Homeschooler you will love this post!
Get a planner:
I will be honest and say that half the time I buy planners and don’t use them. That’s why I just love finding FREE planners online. With a free planner, there is no guilt if you end up not using it. If you don’t like it, you can always try a new one. Maybe you may like certain parts of different planners, so only print what you know you will use. You can also customize it to fit your style as well!
You will want to check out this popular post:
20 FREE Homeschool Planners for Moms
Kids love to “own” their work, and their schedules. Consider getting your kids their own planner too:
20 FREE Homeschool Planners for Kids
Get a hold of the paperwork before it gets a hold of you:
This is a real picture from my living room this summer. You will want to check this post out:
Don’t let this be you! Organize your school year before its too late!
Don’t miss the other posts in our Homeschool 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
The Mom Who Just Wants to Play
The Mom Who Isn’t a Morning Person
The Mom Who Feeds Her Kids Junk Food (because she doesn’t have the time or energy to cook!)