I don’t know you in real life, but I’ve got a hunch that your family is a lot like mine in that you don’t have time for gosh darn it, one more thing.
Phew! Just thinking about today makes me crazy. Drop off, pick up, run here, run there; I spent more time in the car than I did reading to my kids in our cozy corner on the couch.
All of our activities seem like a good idea in theory. If I was looking for someplace to cut I don’t know what would be axed. Swimming lessons? Nah. Cub Scouts? No. Homework? Not an option. Afterschooling? Yes and no.
Right now I don’t have the time to orchestrate something really cool like Science Without a Net. Heck, I didn’t even know Farrah had a cool new webpage design.
But I do have time to Afterschool. When life gets busy we go on autopilot. Here are the basics:
- Carefully Selected Read Alouds
- Real Life Money
- Coffee Table Learning Displays
- Learning games like Snap Circuits
- 5 minutes a day of Xtra Math
My advice is to be kind to yourself and your children. 15 minutes a day of Aftesrchooling will still add up to 120 hours a year (if you do something extra over the summer).
You don’t have to be Supermom. You don’t have to be Superdad. Your goal is to inspire your children to love learning. Sometimes that can be as easy as turning on a CD in the car, or powering up the computer when you’re trying to make dinner.
Can you find time to Aftershool even if you’re really busy? You bet you can! If I can do it, you can do it too.