Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Fanatic News Flash – May 2020

Same thing, different month – right? We have still been plugging away at our homeschooling without field trips, co-ops, or park days. It’s been kind of nice not running around to every event, and for the most part, we’ve been doing what we have always done. Because the majority of our life does revolve around the home, it’s when we go out in public, it hits me. What everyone is calling the “new normal” is not normal at all! It is not normal for businesses I support to be closed. It is not normal for public areas like parks, playgrounds, and beaches to be closed. It’s not normal for people not to socialize. It’s definitely not normal for the majority to be walking around with their faces covered, then look at you like you’re the disease if you’re not masked! Well, it’s a new month, and it’s time to move on.

Giving “not normal” a try

As we’re moving on with our normal, there is part of me that wants to be “not normal” for our last month of school. Years from now, I want the kids to remember this spring as the one where mom gave us a break from academics. The one when we learned more life skills, did simple things, and enjoyed each other. So, I’ve made an executive decision to really change things up these last few weeks. We have already completed some subjects. There are still a few things unfinished, and that’s okay. There’s some big things to do around the house that will get pushed until summertime if we carry on with our usual schedule.

The plan of action for this month will be to replace the grammar with games, spelling with sorting junk, and let history be history. We will continue some of our studies and formal learning in shorter sessions for the next few weeks. Hopefully before summer, we will achieve more order and less stuff around the house. That will be more of an accomplishment than knowing the difference between an adverb and an adjective.

Today we cleaned out the shed, learned to shell shrimp, and practiced a new instrument!

Looking down the road

Who really knows what the future in the coming months will look like, or when everyone will resume to normalcy. When we are able to visit museums, state parks, and the beach, I will be ready! I intend to spend the coming months helping those who have discovered the wonderful world of homeschooling truly begin homeschooling. I’d love to help them get off to a great start, and to do so with confidence. If there’s ever been an opportunity to be an encourager and promoter, it’s right now! I would love to see a dramatic reduction of enrollees in government schools when August rolls around.

With that being said, I will continue my work with the Review Crew. I will also continue to bring to my blog my best tips, ideas, and thoughts concerning homeschooling. In order for me to focus on the more important issues at this present time, the Fanatic News Flash will be suspended. We take the summer off from schooling anyway, so there won’t be much news to flash from our home anyway.

If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns you would like to know more about, please leave me a comment. I love to hear from you, and to be able to provide you with useful information (or sometimes just entertainment)!

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