We started this year’s book learning on September 1 and it’s always a bit of a juggling act in balancing farm and school. I’m sure some of you are nodding your heads right now. (Notice I said book learning, my kids are always learning and summer just means a temporary break from books, not from learning)
For now, I’ve been making school the priority. Morning in our house runs a little like this:
Wake up, get dressed, farm chores, breakfast, school.
After that each day takes on it’s own flavor. One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is that it doesn’t take the kids nearly as long to complete their work. With only 3 students, it’s undivided attention from me and most days we complete the book learning in about 3 hours. Now, all of my kids are still in elementary grades so this will most likely change in highschool, but for now this is our schedule.
We always wait to start school until September and are usually finished in May each year. The month of September and the month of May is always the trickiest but with a little extra focus it seems to work. Our growing season in Virginia is May 15 through September 15 – our frost dates. Our broiler season is March through mid-October.
I also usually wait to start school in the fall until after canning season is pretty much wrapped up. I think I may have one more batch of green beans to process, but everything else is done for the year.
One of my most favorite things about having my kids at home for school is the ability to incorporate them into every aspect of the farming life. Yes, there are days when I think, “why don’t I send these kids to school so that I can have a break?” I think that homeschooling is a bigger commitment on the part of the parent than the child. My kids have more free time because they are homeschooled. And don’t get started on the whole “they don’t get enough people interaction”. That is a fallacy. And especially for us. We have so many people around all the time, that we look forward to the winter break on the farm for a little peace. 🙂
I’m curious, how do you organize your days? Do you homeschool your children? What’s your favorite thing about it?
If you don’t homeschool your kids, but do farm, do you feel like your kids miss out on any of the farm life or is your farming season over during the school months?
I’m always looking for little tips and helpful advice on getting more out of a day and yet still enjoying life. 🙂 Aren’t we all?