I get asked one question often. How do I homeschool so many kids of different ages without burning out? I’ll give you the quick run down: A great routine, lots of patience, deep breaths, proper perspective, and pouring my heart out to God in prayer.
I want to share with you a little secret. I’m not a patient person and I very rarely keep the proper perspective. This school year I recognized that I couldn’t do it all and I needed wisdom. I love what James says, in the Bible, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5
So, in the weeks before starting our school year, and completely frustrating myself with a schedule that wouldn’t work, I asked God for wisdom. And yes, God answered.
I realized that I needed to remember why I’m teaching them.
I could clearly see that by being impatient I would just frustrate the kids.
I learned to take a deep breath if my patience was wearing thin.
I saw that by placing too much on my schedule I WOULD burn out and so with the kids.
We started school at the very beginning of August and now, being 8 weeks in, I know we have gotten off to a great start. This year we have been using our finished basement as a kind of home base of homeschooling. We have a big open space with desks and a smaller room where we keep our bins and books for this school year, along with other supplies.