With a New Year in motion my procrastinating self tends to do a mini freak out over how much homeschooling we have or have not done. At the beginning of the school year, the time we have for lessons seems more than plenty long. However, with the new year here the realization that almost half the school year has gone by starts to make me think. What have I been putting off to the back burner that really needs to come forward in our lessons? What am I spending too much time on that I can tame down? The why we are where we are isn’t a question because with ADHD rampant in our house, things just don’t always go as planned. So what is this self-labeled, procrastinating, homeschool mom to do? Or more importantly, what can you do if you are in a similar boat this time of year?
The beginning of the school year has always been hard for us. There are so many holidays packed into the first half of the school year. All those holidays mean lots of down time at home. Down time is great, but the transition back to reality is not so nice for my ADHD kiddos, or me for that matter. The new year brings a new sense of inspiration, hope, excitement, focus…and a little panic into our lessons. All in a good way of course. The new year brings to the forefront how much time we have left of the school year and makes us think about what is important.
I would love to say one day down the road, around this time of year, that I am exactly where I want to be with our lessons, but that just isn’t always the case…and that is ok. We may not be as far as I have wanted to be but it is where we are, and that is all I can work with. Whether I feel we are behind because of dealing with ADHD issues in our schooling, or my own procrastination, there is no need in getting upset or frustrated with how things did not go this first half of the school year. Wallowing in what could have been won’t change anything now. That is what grace is for. As a Mom with ADHD and kids in the same boat, having grace is important, otherwise I might always feel like I am trying to climb out of a hole, lesson wise. Besides, with the limited major holidays in this second half of the school year, we seem to be able to focus more on school, which means a LOT more lessons get accomplished.
For us, January means lots of cold, short, snowy days. Since we are all stuck inside anyway because of the weather, we can afford to take this time to enjoy snuggling up on the couch reading a great book, and plunging into all those science projects. The outside isn’t calling us to go play, so why not take extra time now to get some extra lessons done. This time of year I tend to see us doubling up on a lot of science, history and reading lessons. Since we have the time and focus to do so, we take full advantage of it.
So what are we to do about homeschool procrastination? JUMP RIGHT IN! The longer you think about how far behind you are, or how much you wish you could have done more of, the longer you are stuck right where you are.
- Jump right in and start plugging away at those lessons.
- Double up on days when the kids are really engaged and behaving.
- Take a double look at your lesson plans. I know in late summer I tend to over plan some activities with the excitement of school beginning. Now is a great time to relook at those plans. Are they really achievable? Is there a way to shorten any projects so the concepts are still taught and experienced, yet time can be saved?
- What are the kids just not enjoying? Maybe it is time for a change in curriculum. If the kids really are not enjoying things at our house I tend to see a lot more misbehavior during our lessons. When there is misbehavior, addressing it takes time away from our lessons, which equals less lessons accomplished. This alone just might be your reason for being behind.