We’ve had a bit of a lag in our homeschool these past few weeks. Things have been crazy with the cruise, family coming to visit, sickness, and then the holidays.
But something else kept nagging at me – something I couldn’t put my finger on till this evening. I sat down to plan out what we wanted to do and was completely overwhelmed. I mean, it’s preschool. I have a Before Five in a Row curriculum. Tons of resources online. Facebook pages and blogs and pinterest boards. All I really need is craft ideas, a story, maybe a song…
And that’s what the problem is. There is so much to choose from with homeschool that I just keep looking and clicking and reading till I feel like my head is going to explode. Once I find something and am ready, then I rethink it a trillion times. “This would be fun on a colder day” “I could wait and do this in the spring when” and etc.
I’m like this with writing, working, cooking, cleaning, reading….
See – I feel like everything I do is never good enough. If I’d only go a little further, it would be even better. Many times in life this has caused me to not even attempt things knowing that I can’t do them 100% and then some.
But I really love homeschooling. I want to make it work long term, for this year to simply be the foundation for the years to come. Trial and error but that it sets that routine with us.
I have to give up that perfection side with this in order to make it work for me and for her. I can’t make homeschool into something so unachievable that I end up feeling like a failure because every lesson wasn’t Pinterest and Christmas card worthy. Which is silly anyway. I don’t need to do that, and it doesn’t benefit her.
What I decided to do was print off worksheets/crafts/animal classification cards, match it with the book in the BFIAR curriculum, and organize it all in a Ziploc bag along with any other ideas I had (materials, things I need to buy, a good season/holiday). Then when the week came to do that, it was ready to go. All I would need to do is pull out the bag and the stuff we already have (paint, crayons, etc) and then dive into homeschool together.
Hopefully this will work better. That once I have it all set in the bag, that’s it and we can spend the week exploring the book and what goes along with it. That there is a point I can start to say, “I did my best, this is good enough, now we actually need to do it and work from here.”
Any ideas for this type of overload? How do you make homeschool creative and challenging without spending hours of time pondering about it all? Does anyone else run into this kind of thinking?