Homeschooling doesn't have to be overwhelming

Homeschooling doesn't have to be overwhelming

I called a friend who also homeschools her children to see if she wanted my daughter's seventh grade books. Her son was going to start seventh grade in the fall. She asked me to read her the titles first. Turns out, that she had become overwhelmed by all of the homeschooling materials that were donated to her. She felt that she needed to implement them all, but couldn't. This led to feelings of guilt.

Homeschooling doesn't have to be overwhelming. If you take the time to decide which curriculum sets you want to follow, you won't have to accept materials that you won't be able to use. For example, I found out early on that I really loved Bob Jones University's history books. When the chance came to purchase used Bob Jones history books that would take my daughter through 12th grade, I grabbed it. Other opportunities for different history books may pop up, but I can confidently pass on them.
Another way to keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed is to limit the number of electives. I allow my daughter to choose two electives per semester. Anything more than that seems to cause stress for both my daughter and myself. Possible electives include health, Spanish, art, music and writing.

Although there will always be subjects you want to tackle, it is important to remember that you can't take them on all at once. Try making a list of the educational materials that you are most interested in. Start at the top of the list and work your way down as you have time. This should include projects, such as photographing the phases of the moon or creating a leaf collection.