Homeschooling

The Art of Balancing

Hi, Happy Readers!

balancing butterflylogoAre you good at balancing everything in your life? No? Me neither! I have never been good at balancing all areas in my life, much less all the areas of homeschooling. Learning how to balance all of the academic subjects with the humanities in our homeschool has been of the hardest things I’ve had to do. Throw in field trips, social activities,  physical exercise and life, and somehow there is always something that gets dropped -usually outings, art, or housework. But hey, no matter which ball gets dropped, we still find a way to get outside for #morethan7minutes!  {Shamless Plug!}

Seriously, though….I have been trying to do better about getting more extracurricular activities into our schedule. In fact, these last 2 weeks have been very fun around here as we have tried to make up for some of those “balls” that I’ve dropped -namely the outings and art activities. We’ve used our county’s public school “Spring Break Week” as a way to get in extra time with friends whom we don’t normally see during the week because of conflicting schedules. We also met up with our homeschooling groups for some playful learning and art activities for added fun! All in all, we went on 4 field trips and attended 3 activities over the course of 2 weeks – and we loved every minute of it!!

We visited the UGA Veterinary Open House in Athens, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, and we attended a “Junk Box Wars: Marble Race Edition” activity in Roswell. We learned a lot and had a ton of fun, but we were totally wiped-out afterward. It was worth it, though. There’s something about seeing new places with friends that makes the learning experiences so much more memorable.

We did our art activities with our Nature Club and with one of our Homeschool Groups. The kids created paintings with leaves as their brushes in one activity and crafted recycled -sculpture art in the other. Both of these activities gave all of us a chance to be with our friends, enjoying nature and art together.

After packing in so many great outings and projects over the past 2 weeks, it’s going to be hard to get back to a “regular” schedule. So, I don’t think we will.

We loved being out and about with our friends more- learning and creating works of art together. It was so great, that I want to find a way to make fun adventures and activities be a regular part of our homeschool schedule. I don’t want to try and balance those extracurriculars with the academics anymore, I want them to be one in the same.

I know a lot of homeschooling moms who are able to do that. They seamlessly integrate learning and the extracurriculars into one easy lifestyle, and I want to do that too. There is nothing better than seeing the smiles on my children’s faces when they share the joy of learning through adventures and art with their friends.  And you know what? I want to see those particular smiles every day, not just on special occasions.

Learning is Fun and Learning is Life – so why shouldn’t they be one in the same?

Stay tuned as I learn to live Life moreunScripted!!

-LizaBeanMama

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