Homeschooling Under The Big Top

Homeschooling Under the Big Top

As a work-at-home “homeschool mom” I often feel like I’m the ring master of a 3 ring circus. In addition to homeschooling our three children (ages 7, 6, & 3) I juggle operating a small in-home childcare which adds 3-4 extras depending on the day. Then you add on the responsibilities of homemaking and other odds and ends jobs/activities. Whew!… I’m not complaining… but I do have a full plate like many of you do, I’m sure.

I often get questions about how I get it all done. My answer is always the same: “Not on my own strength but in God’s.” Another answer is that sometimes it just doesn’t! Sometimes we have school that doesn’t get done, other times my house looks like the circus elephants escaped and stampeded through it. There isn’t always a gourmet meal on the table three times a day. Stacks of laundry go days without being folded.

 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 reminds us, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

It’s a fact… We can’t do it but God can! If we are following his calling for our life and the life of our family He will provide, no matter how many directions you may feel yourself being pulled. Seek Him and His plan!

So, here are some tips that I find helpful to keep the plates spinning in our little circus act:

  • Know what is important and let the rest go. This may mean re-learning the meaning and use of the word NO. You can not and are not called to help every group, organization, extra curricular activity, etc… Sometimes you just have to say No. We have a rule that our children (and ourselves) only be involved in 2 extra activities at a time. One church activity and one non-church activity. For example… The girls have dance one night a week and Caravans – a church activity- another night of the week. We don’t count 4-H or Bible Quizzing because we consider them part of school.
  • Set daily priorities and goals. No matter what your style is, whether fly by the seat of your pants, schedule and plan every minute of your day, or somewhere in between: start each day with at least a rough plan of what you want accomplished. Stick to it. When it is done be done!
  • Learn to look past the chaos. Some days things are neat and organized, others…well, see the elephant comment earlier. Either way the show must go on!
  • Have a system. I use a weekly planning system that helps me organize meals/shopping/to-do’s and cleaning. This system helps me stay organized and on task. I have it posted in our kitchen as a Master Command Center. There are many methods available; this one just works for our family the best. You can get it FREE from The Hoggatt Homeschool. (Sticky Notes are also my best friend!)

Homeschool Organization

  • Learn to let downtime just be downtime. I confess this is not something I have mastered. So, I’m preaching to myself!!!! I blame it on my personality (haha). But we need a re-charge time. Otherwise we will quickly burn out. Everyone knows that a burnt-out mama is BAD for everyone!!!

When the curtains close at the big top each day, remember what this is all about. We are serving Christ first, followed by our husbands and families! It isn’t always easy being a ring master at the circus but with God’s help–and our obedience to him–we can and WILL survive!

 Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit” says the Lord God Almighty.

Emmalee Hoggatt - CopyAbout The Author:  Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God’s word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs at www.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.
About Emmalee

Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God's word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs at www.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.

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