Homeschooling is one of those things that can get expensive, overwhelming, and stressful really fast. Here are some quick reminders why you need to keep things simple and just focus on the acquisition of skills, vs knowledge. Reading, Writing and Arithmetic is enough to build a strong foundation for any future endeavors.
PLAN ONLY ONE DAY AT A TIME
Do not try to live more than one day at a time. From sunrise to sunrise is a perfect circle. Simply make that day as complete as you can. Glance over the next day's record at nightfall. Take stock of blunders and omissions and during the coming day, set them as nearly right as you can. Take stock of the blenders and omissions, think about the things you did right and wrong.? Then think about how you can make it right the next day and sleep peacefully.
DO NOT FRET
Do not dwell on the fact that you may not accomplish this or that in a year or in the season. Continue adding a little and you will form a great heap. This is what we try to do with homeschooling. You don't have to be lesson planning all, just pick up where they left off the day before. They're going to pick up the book that they left off with the day before and read another couple of chapters. They're going to pick up in their Saxon book and complete another lesson and then they're going to write, another paper.
Do not look for great and immediate showy results, you must give a seed time to sprout and you would not dig it up now and then to see how it is coming along, right?
Therefore, do not ask the child to give forth information and do not be disappointed. If Thing is completely forgotten what you thought, you had top for all time. Beekeepers will tell you that new honey sometimes has a rank and disagreeable taste and odor unless left in the hive to ripen after the bees have sealed it over. So as long as your children are obeying willing, being polite, have self-control, helpful, make and do things with their hands, learning to observe, learning new words ,through these and other lessons do not worry.
MAKE THINGS SIMPLE FOR THEM, NOT EASY
As a rule, children are not afraid of hard things. The right kind of teaching and learning involves effort, but not stress. Find out what they are capable to do and then require it of them. Do not attach value to secondhand knowledge of facts. Do not crowd the mind with information, even the best of information, any more than you would crowd the stomach with food.
There's far more danger in teaching too much than too little. The temptation to stuff a child with disconnected odds and ends of information to show how much you can hold is almost too much for the most experienced of us. If we can get overwhelmed, imagine a child. The brain cannot constantly grasp a succession of facts and to cram and beyond its capacity. It is like, sowing four, bushels of wheat were two are required, there will be no yield. It's not about how much the mother knows, but whether she can make the child, do the work that is good for him, is the test of her fitness to teach.
There is far less danger of overcrowding from an exemplary mother who is busy with her family, requiring a normal amount of help from each, than from a mother who has less to do or where unfortunately the child is left to a nurse or governess for kindergarten.
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.