Sunday, February 19, 2006

Homeschooling Burnout

Assalam Alykom:

Around this time of year, I usually start suffering from homeschooling burnout. I think it is very normal because you have been working hard for about six months. Things start to pile up about this time and the ambiance and excitement of starting the new school year is long gone. The only thing you want at this point is to just finish for the summer.

Well, this is the first year I did not feel like that. I think the reason is because I am more organized and I know what to expect. I think that having high expectations is a large factor in suffering from burnout. Do not have lofty goals with your children. Do not do more than your children can handle. Make sure that your goals are realistic and attainable. The other reason that I think I did not experience this burnout is that I am more organized this year. I remodeled our study room last summer to make our accommodations comfortable. Our "classroom" is a more pleasant place to be now. We do not dread coming in every morning. I strived to make it a comfortable room. After all, we are only spending 5 to 6 hours a day in it. On the subject of organization, I have done a better job in mastering the housework with the homeschooling. I think the housework is another big contributor to
burnout. If you can overcome that, you are on your way to avoiding this setback in homeschooling. Here is a nice link with many articles that can help you with homeschooling burnout.

1 comment:

Banu said...

assalamu alaikum Umm Nour,
Alhamduillah, sukhran for these articles. Since my boys are not officially enrolled I am not burn out as yet but believe me insha Allah I am preparing for these times. Alhamduillah these little lessons from you will surely carry me through insha Allah.
ma salaama Umm Riyaadh