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Are you doing too much in your homeschool?

How do you know when enough is enough? Particularly with Writing and History, how can you make sure you are not asking too much and frustrating yourself and your children?.  Sometimes it can be so hard to tell.  It can be VERY difficult to make sure you aren't expecting too much!

Here are some ideas to consider if you think you may be overworking your children.  If you use a curriculum for writing and history, do not supplement it.  A standard curriculum is meant to be a whole high school credit.  So if you supplement it with anything (no matter how wonderful and cool) you can experience burnout and frustration, because you're expecting too much work.

If you feel like you MUST supplement, then the simple solution is to remove something else from the curriculum that might take about the same amount of time.  In other words, remove as much as you add.

Remember as well, in high schools they don't do ALL of the curriculum.  In other words, if the book lists 4 hands-on projects, they may only do one - or none of them.  They give a lot of suggestions in a public school curriculum that may never be used by any teacher.

I have a blog post about how important it is not to double up on your curriculum; Homeschool Blunder - Doubling Up

If you aren't using a curriculum, but you are pulling together pieces yourself, then strive for only 1 hour or less for history each day and 1 hour or less of English each day (reading books may take longer, but the writing, grammar, vocabulary, etc. - that stuff keep to just 1 hour or less.)



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Guest - cara (website) on Thursday, 03 March 2011 20:34

Just like anything in life, when things get too intense, it can be stressful for anyone. Focus on the most important learning experience and get the teaching supplies that you need, then have fun!

Just like anything in life, when things get too intense, it can be stressful for anyone. Focus on the most important learning experience and get the teaching supplies that you need, then have fun!
Guest - lra on Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:37

I sure agree. Do listen to Lee! I have not only doubled up on courses but have also supplemented on curricula and my poor student and I are distressed. Not worth it in the long run. Better to have fun learning. Studies are difficult enough for them.

I sure agree. Do listen to Lee! I have not only doubled up on courses but have also supplemented on curricula and my poor student and I are distressed. Not worth it in the long run. Better to have fun learning. Studies are difficult enough for them.
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