Homeschooling is a big commitment. It can seem overwhelming at times. Lots of people have advice for how to make your homeschool successful. Today, I want to offer you 10 ways to ruin your homeschool. You know, in case you ever feel a need to purposely sabotage your efforts.
1. Expect all of your children to learn the same way. Just like they all have different personalities, each of your children probably has a different learning style. If you really want to ruin your homeschool, be sure to fail to recognize how each of your children learns best and don’t allow for their strengths and weaknesses.
2. Compare your homeschool to someone else’s. Your family is not someone else’s family. You can make great strides toward ruining your homeschool by overlooking the fact that God put your family together for His purposes. Be sure to look for any opportunity to compare your home, your school and your family to someone else – housework and schoolwork are great places to start.
3. Be inflexible. Kids get sick. Washers break. Curriculum isn’t a good fit. Stuff happens to throw your homeschool day off track. Sometimes, it’s even your homeschool week, month, or year.
You can ruin your homeschool by forgetting that homeschooling is more than a means of educating a child; it’s a way of life. Don’t leave any room for flexibility during those times when life happens.
4. Be too flexible. You know the saying: Failure to plan is planning to fail.
Different teaching and parenting styles will result in different needs when it comes to planning, but I need a basic outline for the year, the week and the day. A flexible homeschool planning schedule keeps me sane and on track. It also helps me get going again when things inevitably get off-track.
With that in mind, a good tactic for ruining my homeschool is being so flexible that I don’t have any sort of plan.
5. Let the curriculum dictate your day. I guess this kind of goes with flexibility, but letting the curriculum dictate your day is a quick way to ruin your homeschool. Don’t let your curriculum be a tool for you to use, but rather, allow it to be a master for you to follow.
Make sure you follow your curriculum to the letter. Don’t leave out things that don’t fit well for your family or with your available time. Never, ever skip things, put them off until another time, or supplement other resources that might be a better fit.
6. Never make it fun. If you really want to ruin your homeschool, don’t ever make it fun. Don’t go on any field trips. Don’t do any hands-on learning activities. Don’t read any historical fiction or biographies. Just stick with textbooks. Keep those kids’ noses to the grindstone. Make sure every textbook is completely finished every year. No matter what.
7. Try to make it all fun. You can also quickly ruin your homeschool by trying to make it all fun. It’s your job, homeschooling parent, to entertain your kids. They shouldn’t have to learn that not everything in life – or school, or home, or homeschool – is fun. Make sure they don’t discover that some things you do just because you have to. Be sure to burn yourself out trying to be your kids’ ongoing entertainment.
8. Never leave the house. Stay home. All day, every day. If you have a basement, that’s a good place to store your kids. Don’t go on play dates or field trips. Don’t do co-ops or outside class. Make sure you never leave you home during the school day. Ever.
9. Never stay home. If you don’t want to always stay home, then, another option for quickly ruining your homeschool is to never stay home. Make sure you’ve got something going on every hour of every day outside of the house. Do scouts, sports, band, outside classes, clubs…whatever you can think of as long as you’re not at home.
10. Don’t pray over your homeschool. If you really want to wreck your homeschool, make sure that you never seek God’s will, wisdom, and guidance. Make sure you’re doing this totally on your own strength, based on your knowledge and understanding. Don’t bother God with your questions or concerns.
Those are my suggestions for ruining your homeschool What tips would you add?
(Not everyone seems to get my particular brand of humor. In case you didn’t get it, this was meant as a joke, so there’s no need to leave ugly comments about what a horrible parent I am. Unless it just makes you feel better to do so.)
This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday.