I haven't been as disciplined as I should be in our homeschooling. I created paths of bad habits throughout our adoption process due to the stress levels. Too often I have allowed free days, and while I don't think it's tragic to get away with when my children are young, they are getting older. My eldest is 12 and adding our two daughters has boosted the need for order and discipline.
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One thing I need to remember is how privileged we are to be able to homeschool in this country, and the last thing I want to do is take it for granted.
It's important for homeschool moms to be disciplined so they get the most from their time and offer the most to their children. I know some people don't do well on schedules, but even a loose one is better than nothing. And to some degree, we all follow a routine of sorts.
A schedule doesn't need to be wound so tight that it makes everyone cranky. It simply needs to offer direction and help you get things done, everyday.
I am really looking forward to the upcoming year, and have 3 weeks before we begin to plan out our first quarter (squee!).
So, what disciplines are good to brush up on? Maybe you can relate?
The Disciplined Homeschool Mom:
1. Has a Vision If I do not know where we are headed, I will get nowhere--and neither will my children. It's really important for a family to know why they are headed somewhere and how they are going to get there. What does God want for your children? Above all else, it is to trust in Him and follow Him. How can we accomplish that through homeschooling? How does God want academics used for His glory?
2. Plans and Prepares In addition to having that vision, I need to plan and prepare my way there. I also need to leave some wiggle room for flexibility. All of this planning is in vain, however, if it is not done with much prayer and direction from God. What is the best way for my family to reach its destination? Furthermore, each homeschool week and day needs to be well planned and prepared ahead of time. The last thing I want to do is be fumbling for supplies or making copies in the middle of a lesson.
3. Prays Regularly Praying is a non-negotiable. I don't have room for excuses on why I am not meeting with God in prayer daily, especially in the morning hours, before our day begins. I absolutely need His strength, His direction, and His wisdom every single day and the only way to receive those is if I go to Him and ask for them. Each day offers new challenges and new horizons that will need new direction, wisdom, and certainly strength.
4. Follows a Routine and Schedule It is vital my children are in a routine and know what to expect. It offers them a sense of security and direction, just as it does me. It also ensures we are accomplishing certain things every single day. A routine solidifies our eating and sleeping schedule. But our schedule keeps us on track doing such things as daily, weekly, and monthly chores as well as regular lessons. Everyone knows when we do what and knows where they should be and what they should be doing.
5. Avoids Detours and Distractions This is a huge one for me -- especially when it comes to the Internet and social media! Laptop needs to be shut, social media and email notifications turned off and my attention needs to be fully on my children as we go through our lessons. One distraction could literally disrupt an entire day! And if I consistently allow that to happen, we will never complete a full day of lessons. That is definitely a problem and cannot be allowed.
What about you? What discipline do you most need to work on? What can you add to this list? It's definitely not exhaustive, and each mom will have her own need.