We’ve had a successful first two weeks of homeschool! For two weeks, the kids dutifully did their schoolwork, and only minimally complained.
Two Weeks of this:
- They woke up at 7:00 am, ate breakfast, got dressed in their uniforms, and started their school day by 8:30 or 9:00 a.m.
- The baby goes down for his morning nap, while the Pre-K, 1st Grader, and 6th Grader work until lunch.
- After lunch, the Pre-K and Baby naps while the 1st grader and 6th grader finished the rest of school.
In order to make sure our days went without a hitch, I had to make sure everything was prepared for the next day.
In order to be prepared, that meant I had to stay awake until 3 in the morning, making lesson plans, cutting materials, making copies, and creating some worksheets.
Three in the morning! Almost everyday, for two weeks!
It’s not a wonder then, that by the third week, I was experiencing Homeschool Burnout. The kids were fine, but this teacher was pretty much a walking zombie.
How did the third week go? Like this:
- MONDAY: No School. Teacher and Students vegetate until further notice. Don’t touch any lesson plans until the kids go to bed.
- TUESDAY: Take FULL ADVANTAGE OF HUSBAND’S DAY OFF. Make him an Honorary Teacher’s Aide and have him do Religion, Math, Science, History, and Latin lessons as Teacher supervises. Also, since he’s a Physical Therapist, let him do P.E.
- WEDNESDAY: Half Day. Only do the Core Subjects in the morning – between 9-11am.
- THURSDAY: 3/4 Day. Finish the rest of Wednesday’s work and do some Thursday work, if possible.
- FRIDAY: Suck It Up. Do everything that wasn’t done. Work while eating. No naps. Just do it. (Also, finally write this post for my blog.)
Yes, it’s Friday evening now. I’m not proud of my week and I’ve learned my lesson.
Get some sleep during the week and don’t cram everything in a schoolday. Pace myself and the lessons – the kids will do just fine. I need to keep myself functioning if I want this Homeschool year to work out.
Homeschool Burnout is no fun and not conducive to teaching or a proper learning environment!
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Don’t be like me and learn from my mistake. You’ll last longer in this homeschool job if you do what you can to avoid burning out.
So go ahead. Put those lesson plans down and get in the tub with a bubbly. Sit in the corner with a book and glass of wine. And for goodness’ sake, go to sleep at a Godly hour! Midnight ought to do it – no later than that. Otherwise, hello zombie teacher!
Because, and I REPEAT: THE KIDS WILL DO JUST FINE.
Have you had homeschool burnout this year yet or ever? What happened and how did you recuperate?! And if you haven’t had one, how do you keep from having one?! Do share and possibly give an advice or two! Thanks!