Welcome to the very first week of the Helpful Homeschool Hints meme! Although this will be a weekly meme, can you believe that I’m already canceling it for next week? So, join in this week, take Thanksgiving off, and then be back the following Thursday. Helpful Homeschool Hints is a place to share great homeschooling tips, ideas, projects, or even just how to stay sane when things get busy. (You can read all about Helpful Homeschool Hints at this link.)
As for me, I did something that I almost never do. I usually try to carry all the weight of homeschooling on my own shoulders. This week, however, I delegated, and it was wonderful.
We are using Noeo Science for science this year (which we love), and it was time to do an experiment. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately, and I almost said, “Let’s just skip this.” I stopped, however, because I know that the kids get more from hands-on experiences than from anything we may read.
Instead, I sent a text to Eric and said, “Would you be willing to do a petri dish experiment on bacteria with the kids tonight?”
Within moments I got a text back and Eric was more than happy to do it. In the end, I stayed right with them while they did it all, and it was very fun. Still, it took off a lot of stress to not have to read all the instructions, prepare the petri dishes, and actually do the experiment. And even better, I think that Eric really enjoyed doing it.
So, while I don’t think I’m going to start delegating a lot of my tasks, it was definitely a blessing. In fact, I really think it was a blessing for the whole family.
I can’t wait to hear your homeschooling tips, successes, projects…whatever! Just make sure to check out the Helpful Homeschool Hints guidelines to make sure that your link will not be deleted. Remember to link to your direct post (permalink) and not just to the homepage of your blog.