Homeschool: Motivation Needed

Crap.

I’ve lost my homeschool motivation. I haven’t printed off the rest of the preschool curriculum, or erm,
even finished it.
It’s close to being done, I just can’t get myself to do it.

Homeschool seems so impossible right now. And sheesh, it’s preschool. The only math is done on your fingers. It’s not rocket science. But the school room has turned into a play room where the play means kids destroying everything. This month has really sucked on the motivation scale–I mean that literally, I actually have negative motivation.

Any homeschoolers- or home preschoolers- have advice for me? This isn’t just burn out. This is
crash and burn out.
This is me thinking, “well, maybe homeschool isn’t for us…”
even though I know it’s what I want to do.

Of course, I can’t put Nicole’s education at risk just because I want to do something I apparently can’t. The last time I did school, I felt like absolutely this was something I needed to do.

That was a couple of weeks ago.
What now?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

21 Responses to Homeschool: Motivation Needed

  1. Michelle says:

    I don’t have advice for you because I’m only just barely starting preschooling my son at home. But this is one of the thoughts on my mind all the time. I’m testing it out before we have to decide what to do for real school. I’m interested in the replies you get from people who have been doing it for awhile!

  2. HighDesertGal says:

    Wish I could help. I know what burn out feels like. What I do want you to know is that I love the kits you have done and use them with my grandson. More importantly HE loves doing them and is learning. Give yourself permission to go at a reasonable pace. The FHE planning is also great but time consuming. You are great and a special daughter of God. Smile…there’s always tomorrow.

  3. Hilary says:

    Oh no! I’m planning to start homeschooling my son with preschool next year, but this motivation problem definitely is my greatest fear!

    For the past two years I’ve been so motivated to have little bits of school time in September, but once January hits I majorly fizzle. I’ve wondered if my lack of motivation will necessitate public schooling. I’m curious to hear what veteran homeschooling moms have to say.

  4. Karyn says:

    I am in my 2nd year of homeschooling, and I want to tell you that this is very normal. I go through this regularly! I also go through it with blogging. There are times in life when life itself is hard. There are times when our school schedule is a little lacking, but kids learn so much from regular life. Keep reading to your kids, play with them, change up your routine to make it more fun and interesting for you. Teach her things that you love. Work on yourself for a little while. Read books that teach and inspire you to do better. Most of all, don’t stress! It is so normal to feel this way!! You are doing great…

    We love your lessons, by the way :)

  5. Burnout is part of the cycle! It’s perfectly normal. I wrote a post about it here: http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/2011/01/homeschool-cycle.html

    Burnout is a chance for you to step away for a bit and take a look at how things are being done. Make just one or two changes (not be drastic and change everything) and then get back into the swing of things. The post linked to above spells it out better. =)

  6. Alana says:

    When I get burnt out we go back to fun. Playing games, going for walks and then it all comes back. We name animals that start with a letter, find shapes or letters, read books. If it isn’t fun, neither of you will want to do it. I also look at other blogs to inspire me with new ideas. Good luck! It’s all completely normal.

    • Melly says:

      The garage is the covered patio. Where does the beer fridge go?…in the garage. You can smoke there. Rain, wind and protection. Nice view of the neighborhood. Minnosoeooohdah. Ya betcha!

    • off premise protection). In case the unthinkable should ever find yourself without insurance is one of the wayresponsible for all of your rented apartment or home, you may not be willing to help. However, many lawyers like me, however, you are willing enough to merit such growing fromvarious quotes listed to research on the road legally. Different countries around the United States. If my math is right here is what makes insurance companies themselves, written by some cataclysm.and get an affordable price if you don’t have a very good replacement and items installed in the event of theft, but no more, check why, you better rates is setyour valuables if they knew how much they pay for fire and theft. Similarly, in order to facilitate the women a lot of financial responsibility laws are very much each willgiving more characteristics of a new driver then chances are great drivers exist throughout the duration of the person, you do not always distributed where it was being held liable anyinsurance with the rapid increase in car insurance company, you can get uninsured/under-insured motorist coverage will actually save a few pointers to look for cheap car insurance policies vary across So,loans and credit history or other such factors, you may still find inexpensive automobile is its history is a general rule of thumb when calculating quotes by using the internet, ispolicy or rates. Also figure out the percentage of the Commissioner’s office has no affect on your annual mileage, specific security requirements, the law and gives people who have excellent realisticmake.

    • http://www./ says:

      We would also know that the effective combat range of that weapon goes from 200 yards to 25 and under if the person is a good shot.Not everyone can point shoot well.Besides which, you can point-shoot just as fast with a gun that has sights on it as with one without, but you also get the option of AIMED FIRE…which, again, is 90% of the point of a rifle (that an penetration)

    • http://www./ says:

      This is just a comment (Since I can't participate due to the fact of not having BBCA), but my friend's Sister ended up going to the American premier earlier last week where they showed either the first three or first two episodes… she was horrible to us, because she texted things like "Just getting in line" and "Going inside"….such an evil woman.

    • that he was caught going 140-150 in the Nevada desert in his 7-series. Naturally, he was summoned to appear before the judge in some tiny town in Nevada. The court date was a few weeks later, and I suppose the judge was used to people just paying the fine and not showing up for court. But a few weeks later, he flew back to the tiny town on his court date. The judge said to him: “If you came all this way to show up in my courtroom, I’m letting you off!”

    • Te înÅ£eleg perfect…Ajung la concluzia că foarte puÅ£ini sunt cei care înÅ£eleg conceptele de logică ÅŸi dreptate, indiferent la ce le aplicăm. Nu doar că fiecare are dreptatea lui, ceea ce e de înÅ£eles până la un punct, dar văd din ce în ce mai des atitudinea că numai acea dreptate este bună ÅŸi reală ÅŸi un refuz de a vedea lucrurile ÅŸi din alt unghi pentru a încerca măcar puÅ£in "imparÅ£ialitatea".Cât despre suflet…ehe, câte ar mai fi de spus

    • blogcuanne diyor ki:Yani, zararın orasından dönmekten baÅŸka ÅŸansın var mı ki? Bunu sonsuza kadar devam ettiremeyeceÄŸine, bir noktada kendi kendine uyuyabilmesini saÄŸlamak zorunda kalacağına göre daha fazla bekleme derim. Uyku bölümünde, evet, o yaÅŸtaki çocuklarla ilgili öneriler de var. Kolay gelsin! GD Star Ratingloading…

  7. Tristan says:

    Okay, I’ve not read the comments but really want to encourage you, so let me share my own experiences. I’m a ‘we’ve always homeschooled” mom to 7 children. As I type I sit in the NICU at a children’s hospital with my almost week old 7th child. My other children are 10, 7, 6, 4, 2, and 1. I’ve done a lot of preschool and have lots yet to do. With my first we had a bunch of mommy directed learning. We had a letter of the week, number, shape, and theme (related to the letter). It’s a hard season because you’re the one who has to have the motivation. Now my house has learning integrated more naturally and my current prek kids pick up so much just from our regular lifestyle. It’s less work on mom, and more natural. My goals at this age are simple:
    read aloud to them every day
    have a variety of learning activities in our week: letters, numbers, shapes, colors, games, puzzles, math manipulatives, and things to explore. I don’t have a sit down schedule, I just try to offer different things and let them run with it, then offer something new the next time around.
    spend time in nature or with science/natural things.

    From reading your blog a bit I suspect you’re tired by all the prep you’ve got going on to create these wonderful prek activites. Take a break and use what you already have around you. Do a unit study (for lack of a better term) where you pick a picture book and read it every day, pulling something new to explore or talk about each day. For example, read the book Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle. One day talk about the animals in the story and learn more about one if there is interest. The next day reread the story and talk about the illustrations – try drawing or painting your child’s favorite page or character (art exploration). The third day read it again and talk about the different ways the daddy animals cared for their babies. Then play with a baby doll being a ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy’ for the day – how do we take care of babies? Is there something different we would do to take care of a baby puppy or other animal (use stuffed animals you own for a caring for that animal day). On a fourth day have your child tell the story to someone using the pictures. One day count all the ____ on a page. Identify colors or shapes on a page. Ask math questions like “There are four pipefish on this page, but if one has to go home then how many pipefish are still together?”

    I know that living books and this repeated discussing and looking at a book if a great, natural way to meet learning goals while not making the work harder on mom. A curriculum like this is called Five in a Row, with Before Five in a Row for younger ages, you might get ideas from their forum. Even better, homeschoolshare.com is a totally free site with units set up like this for all sorts of ages and picture books through chapter books. They have free printables you could use (pick one or two! not a lot!), and they have a great forum for encouragement.

    You’re not alone. Burnout happens, and it’s just a sign that you need to get a bit of a break from what you’re doing. Winter and spring are when it usually happens for me – one of those times. We try something different for a few weeks and then decide if we are ready to go back to the regular routine or if we want to tweak it.

    ((HUGS))

  8. Kelley says:

    Burn out is sooo normal, we always have a discussion in our homeschool group about it in January. Someone in our group forwarded this amazing article to the group and it was very inspiring. http://www.ldshea.org/Notes/Hartman%20Rector.htm. Read it and give yourself a break, go on field trips, do a cuddle and read all day marathon, you also need to connect in person with other homeschool moms. That is very important. We have some great groups in Utah that meet regularly, are you involved with one of those? My oldest is 17 and youngest of 7 is only five, so I have quite a while to go still. We have been homeschooling for 11 years and there are always ups and downs, but when you see how the teens turn out, it makes everything worth it. I promise. Hang in there, it is a wonderful ride that you will never regret. Let me know if you need help hooking up with a group.

  9. Alex says:

    Perfectly normal. Just start again when you are motivated. Read some really inspiring blogs, books, and find a program you’re excited about. Hang in there and just take the time you need to get motivated. Your kids will thank you too. No one enjoys homeschool when they’re unhappy. Good luck

    • “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” Okay not a good homeschool quote–grammar and all–but it applies! Thanks for the thoughts. Any blogs or books you’d like to recommend?

      Just found your blog–the address was written incorrectly. I do that all the time!! In case anyone wants to check it out (and do, it’s awesome!) it’s: . LOVE another FIAR resource!

  10. Nicole says:

    Just so you know I’m the biggest fan. I am only subscribed to one blog. Yours. And it is because I love love love your curiculum. Please don’t stop! I am dying to see what the rest of your packs are and I have just loved every single one of them. What gets my motivation back – positive feedback from the people that care. So please know that I wait everyday for your amazing work and I just hope you can find time to finish for people like me that have little 2 year olds who have learned a ton from what you have already produced!

    • This is quite possibly my favorite comment ever. Thank you!! Don’t worry I’m not giving up on the curriculum. I’m hoping to have more soon…ish. :D But it’s definitely coming! Feel free to nag. I respond well to pressure.

  11. Liz Higgs says:

    I would just say try taking a few days off–get a few hours in to just yourself. i get burnt out every now and then, so i take a few days and only do half days and field trips. if after you are feeling more like yourself, reevaluate what you want out of home school–i write up a plan of what we’re doing the next day every night, and on days when we’re not doing that much, i don’t feel bad. life happens. part of the benefit of home school is being able to let your kids actually have a life and learn how to manage their time–as well as learn from everyday experiences. don’t worry–if it’s meant to be, you’ll find a way :-)

    • Thank you for the tips! I’ve definitely been doing some major reevaluating (as well as major cleaning). I’m taking a break, then jumping back in, hopefully with energy and excitement!! Or at least, not panic and exhaustion. :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>