Time is on Your Side

When we begin the homeschooling journey, we have a sense of urgency. In fact for most of us, we begin a flat-out sprint which exhausts both us and our children in short order. But the truth is that homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint. Time is on your side.

The average classroom teacher has the luxury of less than two minutes each day to work individually with each child in their class, making sure they understand the material and answering any unique, individual questions they may have. The rest of the teaching day is consumed with lecturing, handing out assignments, keeping class order, collecting lunch money, lining up for recess and all the other myriad of housekeeping duties that fill a classroom teacher’s day.

You’ve got at least 16 or 17 years if you homeschool all the way through high school and begin at age 2 or 3 with simple, preschool readiness activities using a program like Before Five in a Row. Each day is new and contains as many as eight hours to shape the character and mind of your students. Take a deep breath this morning and give thanks that time is on your side.

Let’s talk about time today, shall we? It’s fun to help little ones learn to read a clock- both analog dial-face clocks, and digital clocks. Make sure they know the many breakdowns of time: 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year, 7 days in a week, 28, 29, 30 or 31 days in a month, etc. Be sure to talk about leap year. 2008 was a leap year. 2012 is the next leap year.

If you’re using the Five in a Row Timeline, this is a great time to go back and review the entries and additions you’ve made over the years.

Talk about alarm clocks and their use. Perhaps your children would enjoy having an inexpensive alarm clock of their own to get up in the morning, have time to straighten their room, make their bed, brush their teeth, dress themselves and be ready for breakfast each morning.

Remind them of homonyms we studies several weeks ago and point out that time and thyme are pronounced the same way. Get out some thyme from the spice rack and let them smell the aromatic fragrance.

Find a copy of Time magazine and let your children look through it.

Psalm 31:15

Psalm 59:16

Ecclesiastes 3

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