What do you do when you are exhausted and you still have to homeschool? It may be from an impending due date, illness or just plain burnt out. How can you keep up and not feel like you are letting things slide in your homeschool? I have a toddler running around so I know how it is to feel exhausted when trying to teach 3 children at the same time. I was full-time student and somehow I had to get everything done. Since I am lucky enough to guest post here on Dusty's blog, who I'm sure is ready to have the baby any minute now, I'm sure she'll appreciate the encouragement.
Use the weekend when your hubby is home to do some major freezer cooking or meal preparation time.
Wash and cut up your veggies, this way during the week when you are busy with the kiddos, it is definitely a time saver. Wash and cut your fruit if possible so that your kiddies can easily grab a snack without your help. Have stuff that are ready to eat and don't require prep time from you.
If you have older children, get them to help. They can check younger children's work, read and play with them, help them with their work. Pair them up and have them take turns playing with a younger sibling if you need a break or if you are busy with another child.
Get everyone involved and helping out, you don't have to do it alone. Divide up the household chores so that everyone, even littles can help too. They can help sweep, wipe down tables or windows, pick up toys. Oh the toys, theres so much to do, its great when you can work as a team.
Make sure that your plans are reasonable. You're not going to be schooling hardcore after the birth of your child, have something ready for your children to do. Documentaries are great and online games or programs are a blessing at this time. Hopefully you'll be able to have someone else teach them while you get rested.
Ask for help from family or friends, you never know who is willing to lend a hand if you don't ask. Even if it's so you can take a nap while they watch your kiddies and do a messy experiment with them. Don't be afraid ask.
Don't forget to relax and enjoy the time you do have with your children, no matter how tired you are. The beauty of homeschooling is that you can make it fit what works for your family. If you need a break now, no problem, you can add in extra week in before summer break. Or you can throw in some work when Daddy is home on a Saturday. Don't be afraid to change things up and make it suit your needs and your family.
Monique homeschools her 3 little monkeys while blogging at Living Life and Learning about homeschooling, parenting, food and reviews. She loves teaching math and science, her two loves. She also designs blogs at Fantastique Designs, loves chocolate, baking, and reading. You can find her on Pinterest or Facebook.