Dealing with Interruptions while Homeschooling — 11 Comments

  1. Michelle, Thank you for answering my specific question. It helped me to see that we are all just dealing with real life here. There is no magic formula, but God leads many of us to the same answers. Just this last year after the baby was born I started doing the rotating babysit/buddy up system. I would need to nurse the baby mid-morning and she would nurse for a good 45 minutes, she still does actually. Having the kids buddy up, with an older one helping a younger one, working on phonics or writing or simple math was such a blessing to everyone. I felt confident that the little ones were being watched while I was in my room and also that the time wasn’t wasted. This year I am thinking of having them rotate teaching five in a row. I want my little ones to experience that program. I loved it with my older children, but can’t seem to get it done regularly with these little ones. It occurred to me the other day that the older ones would love to lead that and then do the in depth stuff like cooking the meals that go with the stories. It would be a win win for everyone. In my mind it seems that way at least! Ha! Thanks again. I appreciate the tips and also your transparency. You have helped me to remember that the children are learning life skills even in the midst of interruptions. Hope you have a great year!

    • Ooh, I love your idea of having the kids rotate FIAR! I used to live doing those with miy older ones too when they were little. Now you’ve got me thinking… :)

      Great ideas with the buddies! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love Donna Goff’s way of getting a lot done in a short time with a number of children. (Of course, I’ve moved away from a “school” mentality to an “education” mentality.) You can periodically find free webinars on her website, Lots of busy work that we have in workbooks was meant for classroom settings and is not necessary. “School” can be done in a couple hours a day and the rest of life is used for education. Just take time to listen to several of her webinars and you will get the picture. I wish I’d have been mentored by her years ago.

  3. this is such a helpful post thank you! i dont know if you have personally dealt with this but this is my first year dealing with state laws and my lst grader is going to be required to have a minimum of 5 hours a day for school. how to i possibly log that many hours for 1st grade?

    • Oh wow, I haven’t had to deal with that. When we lived in PA, homeschoolers had a choice between logging hours OR logging 180 days. Tracking days always seemed easier to me. Here in TX we don’t need to log anything. Have you looked at HSLDA to see if there is another option for your state, to log days versus hours? Are there any other homeschoolers at your church, or a homeschool group where you can ask some other moms in your state how they do it? Another idea, if you have an opportunity to go to a homeschool convention, to attend a legal session and they would likely cover that, or give the chance to ask questions. I would have a really hard time tracking hours that way. I can’t even imagine that with our large family!

      • were in ny and they have strict laws. we need 180 days and 5 hrs a day. thank you for your suggestions i dont know any other homeschool moms but i am looking around

        • I lived in NY for 3 years and was pulling my hair out thinking about having my 1st gr DD in school for 5hrs a day when I had 3 others younger than her running around. I spoke with a friend and veteran homeschool Mom and she opened my eyes a lot. This might depend on your own personal convictions but she told me as long as your doing the required subjects (I can’t remember what they all are now) then you’re good to go. We give our kids good educational toys and lots of time outdoors and I counted that. Public school kids spend plenty of time not actually schooling or learning. Think of all the time they take to walk between classes, buildings, or waiting for other kids to finish. Go to the park, measure a tree with your hands. Guess how many hands it will take to go around then measure. (science & math) That’s school! Then have fun playing at the park for an hour or two! Take your kids to the grocery store with you. Talk about the colors & numbers they see (math). Have them look at the sale ad and compare prices(math). Show them the amounts/sizes on items and ask which is bigger. Cook together & talk about measuring things. Let them measure or try to read the recipe themselves. Have them write a recipe (copy work) Make every day stuff a learning experience and you’ll easily get 12hrs of school in a day :)

        • I am so glad you shared this! I absolutely agree with a gentle, lifestyle of learning approaxh, especially in those early years. So good to hear from someone in NY to answer Nicole’s question!

  4. Michelle, I am hoping you can write a bit about homeschooling a high schooler. My oldest is starting 9th grade this fall, and I feel overwhelmed with all the things I’m reading. Records, transcripts ,credits, electives, ….also you have used more foreign language programs, what worked better for your kids? Esther

    • Thanks for the topic suggestion, Ester! I will need to gather my thoughts and hopefully write about that soon.