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My 5 Homeschooling Energy Saving Tips + a Free Printable!

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Energy is a unique thing because it is not easily something we can see lost or gained, merely felt and enjoyed. Harnessing the energy to push on or to change the pace in your Homeschool day requires energy. Energy for the tasks we as multi-tasking moms know far too well. But perhaps, the goal of saving energy in our day, is to really relax, take a breath and let go. Here are My 5 Homeschooling Energy Saving Tips I have picked up along the way. Plus, I have a free printable that can help you in your Homeschool, that you will find it at the bottom of this post!

My 5 Homeschooling Energy-Saving Tips

My 5 Homeschooling Energy Saving Tips

#1 ~ Write it in pencil – Have a plan, but be flexible 

You know that planner you have? The one you just spent hours and hours on? The one that has every day for the next 3 months mapped out? Or even your daily plan you wrote this morning.  I love a well-planned plan. But trust me, make sure it is in pencil because by tomorrow afternoon you will be needing to amend it. And again and again. Let this not weigh too heavily on your mind. It happens, constantly, in fact. One unit that the book says should take a week actually takes 1 month, sometimes more!

Do you know why that is? Because, as much as we think we are the ones teaching them, they, in fact, are on their own little journeys of discovery too. There is learning happening all around us constantly. Sure it may not be lesson 17 for math in unit whatever. But it is what they are learning, right now. You don’t have to read every classic novel this year. Some things can be left for exploration later on, when they are ready for it. Maybe next week, next month or next year. Enjoy being flexible and write it in pencil.

#2 ~ Connect with your children through play

I have learned something outrageous, and you will laugh when I tell you this, but this tip for saving energy is to play with your kids!

What? You feel you do this all day 24/7? Well, are you really? We are with them all the time and yet, are we actually playing barbies with them? Playing the video game they love, with them?  Learning how to do what they have just naturally become interested in? Maybe, or maybe not.

This crazy concept of playing with my kids is something that I honestly was struggling with! I wasn’t planning enough time for it.  (That’s what grandma can do, while u run to get errands done) but with three kids, all were begging me to play different games or different things, all the while I am thinking in the back of my mind that I need to cook, clean, dishes, laundry, have a shower, put clothes away, get the toddlers diaper cleaned, take out the trash, call back the missed call, and then of course sit down for the school lessons. I just had to press pause on all that, because my child’s bucket of happiness was really, really low. 

And so, as hard as it was for me to press pause and switch from Mommy-List-Brain to Imaginative-Mommy-Brain, it was really important for me and for my kids because I realized that this was the thing they needed the most. (Not the floor swept and mopped) The reality was, I was too busy! I was doing, doing, doing, and not making enough time for the fun things.

I needed to stop and make time for what my kids were asking for and just let the laundry pile up so I could play dinosaurs with my three-year-old and really get down and be at his level and just play.

Now the moments where I let go have been my biggest blessing, yet it is still a hard thing to do. Once I did this and let go of my “plan” even for a moment I had so much more fun and connected with them in a way they really needed.

They needed more connecting than more teaching. They needed more learning through example than listening to lectures. And isn’t that why we homeschool?

Tip #3 ~ Own your homeschool season and stop the comparing game

So, your school doesn’t start in the morning like you hear so many other families do. You sleep in till noon or stay in PJs all day.  Well, here is the BIG awesome energy saving tip #3: Own your truth and your homeschooling season.

It may not be how you want it to be, and that’s ok! Make tiny steps to your end goal, but know that Homeschooling will look different for everyone. Your homeschool is yours and it can and should be your unique amazing bliss. Start in the afternoon? Start at 6 am? or even in the evening after dinner when daddy is with the baby? Or do you have a mix of these? That is ok!

Live in your season of your amazing Homeschool and love it. Seasons change and so it will be with your homeschool. Living in your season, what does this mean? You wouldn’t wear mittens in the summer right? It’s easy to want to be ready for winter but if it’s summer time, you wear shorts. All homeschoolers are living in different seasons, and it is best not to compare yourself with others who are in a completely different season. Do not worry about what others are doing, stay focused on your season and this will lighten your load, lift your spirits and help you save precious energy!

Tip #4 ~ Have a set time when school is over

Whether it’s in the morning or the afternoon when you start your school day, set the time of day in which your school work will be done, because it can keep going and going and going. Ring a bell, set an alarm, have your husband call you at a certain time from work, but say this is the cutoff and if it hasn’t happened by this time – oh well! Move on and try again tomorrow. Take off the mommy teacher hat, and put on another one.

I am still learning how to do this, but when I do stop the school at a certain time in the day, it really helps my energy levels. Sure it may feel like a defeat at first but let’s spin this a different way: you are looking at the bigger picture and conserving your energy. I have been there, forcing the wheels to keep turning, when they are just stuck in the mud.  Your kids will not cooperate, focus or take it seriously. Let it go, and do it for you too. Remember, Home is where the heart is and your heart is important. If they aren’t into it, let go and find what you are into.

So many times, I will find myself just sitting at the table hoping they will open their books. Instead, they just want to do something else. I say, ok… I guess I will find something I want to do then and I roll with it. Soon they come and find me after awhile and begin asking me what I am doing and if they can join me. Learning happens, all the time. But being able to say, ‘ok let’s find inspiration somewhere else’, is a huge energy saver, because sometimes, school is just out for the day.

Tip #5 ~ Listen to your gut

If you are feeling done with a lesson, consider ending it early. If you want to change your plan, go for it. Feel like you need to clear your mind with meditation or stretching before school starts? Find time in the day to fit it in. If you think everyone needs some fresh air, go read your books outside today. Out of milk? Jump in the car and go for a shopping trip. You can and should do what you are feeling inspired to do. Avoiding your inner voice can actually eat up a lot of energy and create issues down the road. You do not need to know it all or have it perfect, but you can do this job of homeschooling your kids! Listen to your inner voice and trust in yourself, because that will help you keep your energy levels balanced. This could mean implementing more things, such as gym time for mommy, or something one of your children really needs, but whatever it is, trust you gut and go with it.

So, there you have it fellow Homeschoolers, those are My Top 5 tips for Saving Energy in your Homeschool! I’d love to hear what you think and if you have found ways to help save your energy in your homeschool! And keep reading, because the link to my free printable is coming up!

 

Now for my free printable! Are you looking for a way to get a jump start on your homeschool day?

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Cheers,Alexandra

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