It’s About Time is a blog series on time management. Join us as we take a peek into the lives of different homeschool moms, all with a unique approach. Today’s blog post comes from a recent interview Andrea had with Teacher Jade!
My daughter was six years old when she came home from school and asked to be homeschooled. Like many, I never planned to homeschool; however, I could not deny the frustration my daughter was feeling in class. She was in the first grade and was supposed to be accelerated to second. Since she was advanced, they were pulling her out frequently for specials, but when she was in the class, she was sitting at a desk alone in the back of the class.
My daughter came home one day and asked, “Can’t you homeschool me?!” The thought never crossed my mind, but as I pondered, it became apparent that this was the way to go. Now we have been homeschooling for over 5 years, going on our 6th year of homeschooling, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Homeschooling has given us the ability to travel while learning.
Our schedule fluctuates from day-to-day.
I teach online for approximately 2 hours a day, 4 days a week.
My daughter is enrolled in two of my classes ELA and History but takes online Math Class and Science elsewhere.
I give my daughter the freedom to choose a lot of her classes. For science, sometimes it’s a class; other times it’s a subscription box, depending on the unit.
Fridays are our free days, which is typically when we do our field trips.
Our day goes as follows:
- Affirmations & Exercising
- 2 Hours Together
- 1 Hour of independent work
You can see a YouTube video of our homeschool day on our YouTube channel, Us School.
In addition to homeschooling and household duties, I teach on Outschool as well as develop workbooks on African American history (preorders will be available in December TeacherJade.com/shop).
I do struggle with the superwoman complex but one way I have started to address it is to look at the phrase “Take off the Cape” that I have in my office to remind me to take a break.
I had to learn to minimize my daily to-do list to two things.
I also like using whiteboards and sticky notes to keep track of things.
My best time management tip for moms who are just beginning homeschooling is to create a REALISTIC schedule but remember it’s okay if you don’t stick to it. What I mean is don’t beat yourself up. Also, be sure to schedule 20-30 minute breaks between subjects depending on the needs of your child.
I would also encourage you to remember that everyday things can become lessons. Look for those teachable moments.
Make sure to take time for yourself to do the things you love. For me, that’s reading, so I make time to read every day. Finally, make sure to enjoy the time you spend with your child(ren).
Jade is a busy, working, homeschooling mom. She has taught online for over 10 years, working for several platforms. She went from making less than $100/month teaching online to over $10k a month, and you can too. When she is not teaching online with Outschool, she is traveling the world making memories with her daughter.