I know homeschooling moms are supposed to have it all together- breastfeeding babies while simultaneously teaching trig to high schoolers, growing a garden and canning the surplus produce for the days ahead, keeping tidy houses with cheerful front porches complete with clean white rocking chairs and freshly planted seasonal flowers, baking fresh bread, drilling spelling bee champs and math wizards all the while sewing pretty dresses with matching hair ribbons for the daughters they are training to one day do all this themselves in their own homes. But not this momma.
Here's my dilemma: How do I manage homeschooling two children, doing preschool with one more and occupying an almost toddler? My school-age children still need me to do most of the instructing one-on-one. (We haven't reached the, 'here's your grammar work book- go at it' stage.) Today we got through math, and most of language arts before lunch. My oldest still has some reading and writing to do this afternoon during quiet time.
Sounds good, right? But I didn't do any science, and can't even dream about how to fit in any preschool stuff for my three year old. She sat at the table and colored for a few minutes and sorted counting pigs for fun, but no shapes, colors, letters, or instruction of that sort going on.
And then there's basic things like vacuuming the floors and keeping the bathrooms mold-free. Our family understandably appreciates semi-clean toilets and sinks.
I'm not overwhelmed- the grace of God and constant cheering from my husband have sustained my joy and I'm so thankful for that! I'm just wondering if there is some wise counsel from other moms who have been here or who are here.
So, please help! In my previous post, I asked for other moms to share their schedules, and I'll still do a separate post on that. But for now, please, please, would you share any suggestions and practical advice on how to juggle all this and effectively teach my kids everything they need to know? Thanks!