We’re kicking off a new series here at Vintage Kids | Modern World for those of you just wondering about homeschooling! Maybe you’re wondering if it’s right for you? There are a lot of factors that go into the decision to homeschool, and we want to give you some information to make that decision a little easier! We have an amazing team of guest bloggers that will be popping in now and then to give you their unique perspectives and to answer some of your most curious and pressing questions about that weird sub-culture that homeschools their children…
Being a homeschooling mother of seven (eight this July), I get a lot of questions. A lot of “How do you do it?” type questions. Two big concerns are how to tackle multiple ages, especially if some children are not yet school aged, and how to keep up with the other household responsibilities such as housekeeping. Last week we talked about homeschooling with little ones, so this week, I want to look at balancing homeschooling and house work!
I want to homeschool but, I don’t know how to balance the homemaking and homeschooling!
Oh this can certainly be a challenge! As you can imagine, in a household of 9 people, we create a lot of laundry, dishes, and general messiness!
As much as possible, we are striving to teach our children to take responsibility for their own cleanliness.
For example, the children do their own laundry–each older child paired up with a younger child. This frees Mom to do just Mom and Dad’s plus the household laundry, such as towels. Every child is responsible for making their bed and leaving the room tidy before starting school.
Every child has chores, which we rotate every couple weeks. These chores must be done first thing in the morning before we start school. All of the children have chores, with the exception of the 16 month old whose only job is to charm us all. These chores are “maintenance”–wiping down the sink and toilet, sweeping, taking out the trash. Every Saturday, we do a deep clean. Everyone pitches in until everyone is done. And we all take Sunday off together and have family time. No chores, no school assignments. (But again, we must be flexible. For many of us, we have had to adjust the way we approach housekeeping, affirming that people are more important that spaces.)
We feel it’s really important to educate not only our children’s minds, but their hearts and their hands.
Meaning, that in addition to academic knowledge, our job as parents is to instill in our children a love for the Lord and a genuine affection for one another (hearts) and solid work ethic and life skills (hands). Therefore, we see housework, yard work and helping one another maintain the house as every bit as important as Math, English, and Science.
We’ve recently come out with a resource that links together hearts and hands. It’s called Radiant! Inside & Out! It’s a devotional for children, that takes them through Spring Cleaning of their hearts and their homes. We believe it will bless your whole family!
Daja Gombojav, is Gana’s wife, mom to eight spirited children, and a daughter of God. She loves cooking, hymns and liturgy, reading, writing, and cheese. Not necessarily in that order. She’s a fourth generation ordained pastor and missionary to Mongolia who now spends all her time with her Domestic Church (a congregation of 9) and loves every minute of it. She’s part hippy born a little too late, part ragamuffin hanging onto grace, and part saint in the making. She co-founded The Provision Room with her good friend Kristina, in order to get prepared for “Life’s Happenings.” She lives in Los Angeles, but dreams of a life in the country.