I conducted a little experiment this year. We tried doing math once a week...
Seriously. I figured that math has to be done right? It's the guilt weed that chokes homeschool mamas if you don't get it done...
But man. Math is just plain work. Kids know this. You can't con them out of it. It's just. Plain. Work. And even the kids who are good at it don't come skipping with joy when it's time for math!
So this year I went out on a ledge and decided that I would do all the math instructing the same morning (we currently have three levels), while the kids take turns distracting the toddler.
But then I told my kids the experimental part: If they wanted to spend the rest of the day focused on getting all their math done, they could. And I would not give them extra, so they could "get ahead". They would just be done with math for the week.
(Let's just say my kids were all on board. And grinning. There may have even been some cheering...)
We started that seven months ago. And let me tell you, there has not been a single week where one of them decided to spread out their work. They have slogged through all of it on math day, every time, and they have had zero issues with retention.
And to be honest, I love Math Mondays. I love it when you can "eat your frog."
Don't Be Afraid to Try Something Different
I'm not saying this will work for you. I'm the kind of person who eats the food on my plate I don't want first, so I can enjoy the best parts last. I've taught my kids to do the same.
But I am saying is that it is okay to try different approaches with your school! You are their mama! You love them, you know them incredibly well, and God put them in your care. If you try something that's a little off the beaten path, you will know real quick if it's a hit or a miss!
Your kids might prefer to do a little of everything everyday. Or they might like to focus on one big subject a day (like math, or science, or history) and do the small daily things along with it. It's okay to find what works in your home, with your kids!
After all, Most birds fly. But they don't all fly the same way. Don't be afraid to spread your wings!
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