While I would love to don my Super-Homeschool Momma cape and effortlessly complete all of the needed tasks of playing wife, mother, and teacher five-days-a-week, I know there are only so many hours in the school week with which to complete all those tasks and only ONE OF ME to complete them. And besides, the Super-Homeschool Momma cape that I ordered seven years ago when I started this "little thing" called homeschooling IS STILL ON BACKORDER. I'm not expecting it to arrive anytime soon!
So, what's an Average-Homeschool Momma to do when she faces a lengthy list of homeschool TO DOs and an equally lengthy list of housewife TO DOs?
Schedule in buffers!
As I mentioned in my 5 Days of Scheduling Your Entire Homeschool Year series, I only homeschool four days a week. The fifth day (in a traditional school week) has become a much-needed buffer. That is not to say that learning comes to a screeching halt on DAY 5. On the contrary! It just develops more organically in the form of cooperative learning, social interaction (Phew! Now I can check "socialization" off of my "Raising normal, American kids" list.), life-skills practice (that's just a fancy way of saying "chores"), and slowing down to enjoy one another.
Here's the long version of why I schedule a 4-Day week...
I never want to spend my days feeling like I am ALWAYS behind...in school, at home, in life. So, by affording myself the luxury of having a buffer day, I am ensuring that I can wear BOTH the momma hat AND the teacher hat well.
Please join me NEXT MONDAY when I share how I pack five days of learning into four days...and still stay sane!