Friday, September 21, 2012

Ten Tips to Avoid Homeschool Burnout!

It's been interesting as we are easing into our homeschool journey so far. This year we are taking it slower, being more intentional about prayer, and talking about 1 virtue a week. {actually, we are still working on *obey*'s a work in progress!}

Sophie and I have been working on the alphabet, shapes, colors, painting and writing. We read a Bible Story in the morning and talk about the wonders of creation and how God made everything, including the sun.

I find it's easy to get caught up and burnt out, so here are my Top Ten Tips to avoid homeschool burnout:

10. Remember the reason that you decided to homeschool. Put in in front of you, repeat it over and over, post it so you can see it.

9.   Be flexible. If the curriculum isn't working, get rid of it. If the schedule isn't working change it.

8.   Don't forget about your marriage in the midst of homeschool. Cultivate your relationship. Work at it. Make it a priority, even when you are exhausted.  You need to.

7.   Laugh. Seriously - on the days that are never ending, and the milk gets spilled, and the floors are a need to laugh.

6.   Cultivate the wonder of God in your children. Everyday. They should never lose their awe of His works.

5.   Expect opposition. Stay clear minded and alert.

4.   A lack of encouragement can cause a child to lose heart. Encourage them. Love on them. Laugh with them.

3.   Set good boundaries. Children need to know what is expected of them.

2.   Truth is truth. Period.

1.   God didn't call you to homeschool to fail. He has given you every tool that is needed in this journey.

What would you add to the list?

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