Use this Game Plan to Prevent Homeschooling Burnout. Here’s why?
Have you ever heard of the classic Aesop fable of the Tortoise and the Hare? For fun, let’s review the tale together for those that might have forgotten.
Pay close attention to what the wise fox says at the end of the fable. It will make more sense in a bit about how this relates to homeschooling.
Are you Ready? Here’s the fable paraphrased.
The Hare made fun of the tortoise for how slow he is in everything he does. One day the tortoise decided to challenge the Hare. The tortoise told the hare ” try to race me and I will beat you.”
The hare like the idea and wanted to prove to the tortoise he was better. The hare gathers some animals to be spectators. He then asked the wise fox to mark the finish line on the ground so that it is fair and all can see who the real winner will be.
When the race started the tortoise started right away and lost no time.
The hare followed suit and leaped along already leaving the tortoise far behind. The hare confidently knew he can reach the mark so he lay down by the road under a shady tree and took a nap.
As time passed the hare finally awoke and remembered the race. He ran as fast as he could to the finish line. But when he reached the finish line the tortoise was already there!
“Slow and steady wins the race,” said the wise fox.“Tortoise and The Hare” Aesop Fable (Paraphrased)
- Use this Game Plan to Prevent Homeschooling Burnout. Here’s why?
- Learning from Aesop Fable Tortoise and The Hare
- 2 Step Game- Plan to Prevent Burnout in your first year of Homeschooling
- Step 1: Weed-out busyness
- Step 2: Identify 1-3 weakness areas in your child’s foundational core curriculum
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- The 2 step Game-Plan to Prevent Burnout in Homeschooling
Learning from Aesop Fable Tortoise and The Hare
Now, what does a classic fable have to do with preventing homeschooling stress? Alot more than what meets the eye.
For starters lets heed some advice from the actions of the tortoise; Start today in accepting the idea that slow and steady is the most effective way to get your child where they need to go in their education and lifelong goals.
As a new homeschool mom, this is your game plan to prevent homeschooling stress. You will learn how to do this two-step game plan approach in this post. It’s a sure way of preventing homeschooling burnout.
Once you heed to this advice you are one step closer to thinking preventively in your first year of homeschooling. So that when hardships come your way you will already be in the right state of mind.
Being preventive and ok with the idea that slow and steady will win this homeschool race will help reduce stress.
The moment you forget this valuable truth, you will fall back into homeschool burnout and stress.
Are you ready? Now lets go over the 2- Step game plan in detail.
2 Step Game- Plan to Prevent Burnout in your first year of Homeschooling
Step 1: Weed-out busyness
In our modern culture busyness appears as a sign of strength. But behind the curtain, it’s really a person crying for help.
Healthline did a great article about this idea of busyness titled “The Disease of Being Busy.“ The author details how busyness appeared to showcase a successful life in her younger years. Then one-day burnout overcame her and she was in the therapist’s office crying for help.
Being busy can appear productive and strong on the outside. But on the inside, you are creating a snowball effect of burnout and exhaustion, and before you know it you are suffocating under the avalanche of a life you have created for yourself.
Spend some time weeding out the extra stuff that is taking you away from focusing on your homeschooling routines.
Once you have a system it will be easier to take on other tasks that align with your homeschooling vision.
Here’s what you will do to make this a reality in your home.
Write out 5 ways you can start today in taking it slow and steady in your first year homeschooling. I have created a free worksheet to help you with this process in my 2- step game plan packet. The free gift is available in my Resource Gems page.
Here are some questions to ask yourself that will help you consider either changing, putting on hold, or completely doing without certain tasks during the first year.
Please keep in mind, it’s ok if you do not have an answer right now to all of these questions.
The purpose of this exercise is to help you weed-out busyness. This is one way to free up time and focus on systems during the first year of homeschooling.
Questions to Ask Yourself to weed-out Busyness
- Have you considered reading or listening to a homeschool book to personally help you in your first year of homeschooling?
- Is the curriculum you recently purchased cumbersome or user friendly? Have you tried it with your kids?
- Are your kids experiencing joy when the curriculum is taught? Are you?
- Have you ever considered only doing the Core Curriculum first (reading/Writing/Math) while you figure out your new homeschooling rhythm?
- How many field trips or other events have you planned on the weekdays this month? Can you limit them from 0-2 events to make time to settle in your new homeschooling routine?
- Have you considered using the library or under a shaded tree to do homeschooling?
- Do you have more than 3 kids involved in more than one sport? Have you considered just for the first year, having all the kids do one collective sport or extra-curricular activity? Some examples are self-defense classes or another life skill activity they can all benefit from while you adjust to homeschooling.
- Do you have a friend or a group that supports homeschooling that you can reach out to when you have questions?
- Have you started or thought about starting a big home project? Is it possible to wait until after the first year of homeschooling to start those projects?
- Are you traveling in the first year of homeschooling? Is it possible to put it on hold until you have some homeschool systems in place?
- Do you have a homeschooling System/routine in place? Are you traveling on a weekday? Could you carry out that system to wherever you are traveling to?
- Do you have a family member that is experienced in a particular subject or life skill? Can they offer their time in showing your kids how to do that skill?
- Do you have a plan in place for meal prepping? That way the weekdays can be more freed up to tackle unexpected outcomes of homeschooling.
- Have you considered how the budget will change for your family if you homeschool? Have you communicated this change to your kids?
Remember friends the first year goes by fast. Focus on spending time solidifying your systems and learn how to best help your children in their education.
After the first year, the opportunities will present themselves again, whether its joining homeschool activities and other curriculum events.
By that time you should already have a vision for your family and some systems in place.
Step 2: Identify 1-3 weakness areas in your child’s foundational core curriculum
The second part of the game plan is to evaluate your child’s weak points. You will be doing this by focusing on their weak areas in the foundational curriculum. As a reminder, the foundational core is reading. writing, math.
The core curriculum is the basis for all other subjects that follow. You will be doing your child good to address these hiccups earlier rather than later on.
When evaluating your child’s weak points be careful to not bash on yourself as a mom. It happened to me before and I’m encouraging you to please refrain from beating yourself up.
The fact you are taking care of it now is what matters. Its when we look away and pretend the problem is not there that we are hurting your child and yourself.
This is the time to observe where your child is struggling in the foundational subjects. Afterward, you will have a more focused approach to help them fix and correct these weak points.
Please do not skip this step.
To clarify, this step can be done at any point in a child’s education. Whether it’s in Kinder, middle school, or high school.
Even now as an adult I am working on getting better at foundational skills. Some ways are learning to be a faster reader, an eloquent speaker, and an understandable writer.
I have a long way to go but that’s ok I’m growing and that’s what matters.
Help your child see this truth and they will go a long way in whatever goals they seek to pursue.
In the 2 step- game plan packet you will find a worksheet that will walk you through this step. Get access to the free 2-step game plan located in my resource gem page.
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Key takeaways of your game plan to prevent homeschooling burnout
As we learned from the Tortoise slow and steady wins the race. Thinking like this is wise and will help you as a new homeschooling mom.
You will see people around you acting busy and appear to have it all together. Remember the analogy of the snowball and avalanche. If we are not careful our busyness will lead to our slow destruction.
Furthermore, when you remove the unnecessary busyness you will be more content venturing out on this journey of homeschooling. You will feel more joy and your child will enjoy you as well.
By analyzing your children’s weak points in the core curriculum you will prepare a firm foundation that will help them when harder curriculum comes their way in the future.
I am excited for you and your family and all that you are going to learn about your kids through this 2-step game plan. Get your free gift today through accessing the resource gem page.