Moving while homeschooling is HARD! Have you ever been in this situation where you’ve had to move your family to another home during a school year? Was it difficult for you? How did you overcome your challenges?
In my video I share 5 tips for moving while homeschooling that I hope will help you if you are planning a move during your school year.
Moving while homeschooling tips
This is probably the hardest thing for us since we love every education and homeschool item we own! If our realtor hadn’t told us to get rid of it all for showing the house and getting it staged, we would have held onto to every bit of it.
What I’ve learned while letting go of our things (packing them away in the garage, that is), is that I can go without them. We have barely thought about these books and extra items the entire three months we’ve been in this moving process.
Store items in boxes or crates
Moving while homeschooling is tricky, especially if you are selling your house. That means impromptu open houses and showings throughout the week. So, you have to have a plan!
One of the best ways to easily access my homeschool materials is by placing everything in boxes.
(I used to use crates but find boxes so much easier to store things in). Since I’m using boxes to move anyway, why not? Plus, it’s just a lot easier to grab my school items quickly, then fold the flaps back and push it away for the next day.
This is super duper handy for open houses when I have to run around and clean the house quickly before showings. With all my school items in a box, this makes my process so much simpler.
Use the library
I’m finding that the libraries have almost everything I need to successfully homeschool my girls. With a library card I can check out any book, CD, DVD, or download any media I need to complete our education for the day.
So I really don’t need much else.
That is a long stretch for me, especially since I love my reference books (as shown in the bookshelf picture above).
I think as homeschoolers we tend to hold onto our homeschool books and materials as a type of security blanket almost. We need them (not necessarily to use them daily) but to look at them on the shelf. To know they are there should we ever need them.
At least, this has been my dilemma.
I am learning, now that everything is packed away, that I don’t need nearly as much as I thought I did.
Life goes on with our main homeschooling books plus a library card. (Check out my podcast on homeschooling for free for extra ideas.)
Switch our your homeschool method
Different seasons need different approaches.
In this season of my life, I am moving. Our family is transitioning from one home base to another, and that is a huge ordeal.
Since we are leaving our comfort zone, I cannot continue to make home the same comfort zone as it has always been, because we won’t be there for long. I must embrace the changes ahead and help my kids to do the same as I homeschool while moving.
This said, there are seasons where you might want to change your homeschool method…just slightly…or maybe even a lot.
If you find that following any particular method – Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Classical, or whatever it may be- is asking too much from you and your kids, switch it out. Try something new.
Maybe go eclectic for a week and try it all. See which method resonates with you for now.
Try unschooling for a bit or child-led learning for a season. Maybe this is the time to try something new that you know will lighten the load for you and your kids so that you can focus on moving.
I found a few more moving tips out there for you if want to check these out also.
Give yourself and your kids grace
Last, but not least, give yourself the grace to fall, to fail, to blunder, to get up late and go to bed late, to not eat as healthy as you should.
And give your kids grace, too.
Let them sleep in. Let yourself sleep in. Be kind to your spouse and your kids. Be good to yourself.
Moving is hard work. Furthermore, moving while homeschooling is double hard work.
Just remember that at the end of the day, you should be kind to yourself. Take it easy and enjoy your move, and your kids.
Has this post helped you with ideas on how to approach moving while homeschooling successfully? I hope so. If you are moving and this has helped you, please comment below!