I’m back in the work force.
The past 3 years, I have volunteered and pulled a very small pay check for teaching the mornings at our local church school that is really considered a private school in the state of Florida as all the students at the school register with an umbrella school.
This year, I have to be the main teacher as our other teacher had to go teach at a school in our area. Now, I have to admit that this is the smallest pay check I have ever pulled since I was in high school; however, four of the nine students are my kids and I get to pick what I think is best for them to learn. I also get Fridays-Sundays off. Kind-of. I do have to do schedules for all of the kids and make sure we are set for the next week, but I can do a lot of that from my living room.
I was going to do another names of God post, but I ran out of time as I worked all day, got dinner ready, went to church, and then came home and decided to order my groceries online for the first time ever. We might get hit or experience some side effects from Hurricane Dorian (I am on the west side of Florida), and I did not want to fight the crowds to get some groceries this weekend.
Therefore, I need to do a fast post. Here are a few things I do to help myself and my family as I not able to be home all the time:
- I sometimes make large portions of food so I can freeze some of it for another meal in a couple of weeks. I did this with some Italian beef that I made as well as some meatballs and hot pockets. On those crazy days, pull out something that can be warmed up later and let it defrost all day in the refrigerator — or that can go in a crockpot to be heated all day.
- Do grocery pickup or deliveries. It did take me some time to figure out what I wanted the first time I ordered online, but now I don’t have to walk throughout the store to choose my items. I haven’t done the deliveries yet as I don’t want to pay for it, but it may be worth it for you. I got $10 off my first order with Walmart, and you can too with this link. I also used my Discover card which will give me 10% back this month.
- Get your kids to help out at home. My oldest does a lot of the laundry as she goes to dual enrollment classes two days a week, and the other 3 days she is home. She does have to do homework, but it is easy for her to throw a laundry in when she wants a break. Then she can also make sure her uniform for work is clean. My next two girls help me make dinners. Everyone helps fold laundry, set the tables, do dishes, and pre-set Saturday chores.
- On Saturday, we do a cleaning task that doesn’t get done during the week, and all the kids have to do something to help in that task. That way we get a lot done quickly.
- Learn to say, “No!” This year, I am going to be only a substitute in our Wednesday night kid’s program at church. Last year, I was a class leader and taught the lesson three times. I need a break from kids at night, and I am enjoying hearing the adult lesson and praying with other ladies. I need a time of refreshment. I also asked a lady in our ladies’ Sunday School class to co-teach with me as Sunday School lessons take me a lot of time to prepare. Last year, I helped do some of the meals for the Bereans (our Senior Citizen Thursday Bible study and lunch). I am not doing that this year.
- Enlist your spouse’s help if possible. Since my oldest doesn’t have her license yet, my husband has to drive her to her college classes and to her job. His job is flexible, so we can make this work. He wants me teaching at the school so that our kids get a good education and so that we can offer the school to our church members. This is what he can do to help. He also will take my second oldest to a Biology class at our local homeschool co-op one time a week, and he vacuums the house.
- Get people praying for you! I have several church members tell me that they are praying for me as well as asking if there is anything they can do to help. Two elderly ladies come and grade papers at the school one day a week, and two ladies come listen to kids read one afternoon a week,. Four of the moms once a week help teach 1st grade Math, 7th grade General Science, grade papers, listen to reading groups, teach a craft time and other things that need to be done. I couldn’t do it without them! Nine kids doesn’t sound like a lot, but 7 different grade levels is something I have never done before!
- Be prepared as you can possibly be. I try to get ready for the following week over the weekend. For school, I make sure all my manipulative and teaching aides are ready for each day the night before, so that I can go from lesson to lesson without wasting time.
- Have a schedule if possible. Be flexible when the schedule doesn’t go as planned. I have a teaching schedule so that I make sure I get every subject taught to the different kids. But things happen. Sometimes, you just have to roll with it.
I know your situation may be totally different than mine, but this is what I have found to help me so far. As a disclaimer, even though I have 8 different “grades,” some of those grades are combined for different subjects, and some children are on video for a couple of classes. So I don’t have to teach 8 grade levels times 6-7 subjects. Our situation is a little unique. I have never seen anything really like it before. If you would like to hear more about it, please let me know!
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