How she does it: Vickie's homeschool schedule Volume 63, Program 10 10/21/2005
How do you homeschool a houseful? On today's Home School Heartbeat, originally aired in 1998, host Michael Farris gleans some time-tested advice from his wife, Vickie's, experience homeschooling 10 children.
Vickie, I feel like you're about halfway through with your homeschooling. We've done it for 17 years now and we have a baby who is a year-and-a-half old. So another 17 years or so are ahead. What do you suggest to make life easier for busy homeschool moms?
I would say to just try to be a little easier on yourself. A lot of homeschool moms push themselves too hard. Don't be a perfectionist. Just in our family, we use paper plates for dinner at night. Sometimes the dinner hour gets so busy, and after a long day of homeschooling you're exhausted, and it just makes life a little easier. I don't give baths to the kids every night like I used to anymore. I've tried to get the kids to do a little more of the work themselves. Another thing I would say is, try not to take on too many outside things; cut back on what you're doing if you're getting stressed out. And then try to take a little time for yourself each day—go for a walk, read a little, take a bath, whatever.
Vickie, I know that a lot of homeschooling moms are going to appreciate these detailed suggestions, but more importantly, the attitude that you can suggest for successful homeschooling.
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