I know many hours of research went into deciding to use Illuminations. Really that custom schedule grid that contains every subject and is printed weekly just makes my planning momma’s heart happy. I am on top of the homeschool mountain ready to conquer this school year.
Then something twisted happens around week 4 at my house. I become slave to the schedule. I have kids who are overwhelmed, I have kids who are behind in a subject and I become one stressed momma.
Then I have to remind myself of my goal for homeschooling…Teaching My Children The Way They Learn.
My youngest son, a 5th grader, has become completely overwhelmed with the weekly schedule grid. He takes one look at all the assignments on Monday morning and cannot grasp how he will get it all done. Then he has a melt down.
Illuminations Schedule Tweak:
- This week I decided to cut his schedule grid into strips.
- This Monday morning I only gave him the Monday strip.
- I told him when the assignments were completed I would give him the next strip.
- Once Monday assignments were completed I stapled the next strip to it. He felt like he was building his list. Really we were building on smaller successes.
Yeah! We have only had melt down from his socks not fitting correctly.
For my daughter who I allowed to attend a few extra activities I needed to schedule a catch-up week in two subjects. Once again the slave to the schedule can choke out awesome chances like seeing a performance of Macbeth. A key to understanding Shakespeare is actually seeing one of his plays performed.
With my work schedule I am only available to read a-loud the Family Study guides 3 days a week. I decided I would read the ones I could a-loud by spending an extra week on each guide. Then the books I do not have the time to read a-loud I am assigning them to be silently read on their own schedule. It does make the schedule of literature a little messy but it frees me from the guilt of not doing it all.
How are you handling schedules changes with school or with Illuminations?
My main goal is to battle “You are Behind” often felt when tweaking curriculum. I am not behind, just making adjustments to best serve my kids and help them learn at their pace.