How to Get Those Math Drills and Other Learning Tasks Done—For Homeschoolers and Others Too

Lisa Cherry —  April 25, 2011

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This tip comes out of our family’s homeschooling experience, but it’s something any family might use. I hope some of the rest of you dear readers will be able to snap this one up too.

Do you have a list of educational routines and drills that you know your children should be practicing on a regular basis, but you feel guilty because there is never enough time to get them done?

For 21 years I have lived with those daily pressures, wondering if I am doing enough. Fortunately, three successful college careers have helped to calm many of those fears. But still juggling all my routines is a constant management challenge.

One of the best tips I can offer is to make the most of your family’s time in the car. I have discovered that we can recite the entire multiplication table—one child per set of facts—between our house and the church, with enough time left over for some counting drills for the younger ones. With all of us facing forward with seat belts fastened, attention is often captive for some grammar rule review too.

Sometimes I leave a book or resource in the front seat of the car that I know we need to review. A few seconds of study time while everyone is settling in allows me to grab the moment of instruction effectively.

Scripture verse memorization is also easily tucked into car time with CD’s of scripture set to music. Some of our favorites have been Hide ‘em in Your Heart by Steve Green and those from Seeds Family Worship.

While you’re driving, be sure to use caution and not take your attention away from the road. Put the drills on hold when traveling through a high traffic area or busy intersection. Or have an older child monitor the drill work of the younger ones.

Little routines done consistently over time can produce big results. Look for those bite size pieces, move them to the car, and watch the consistency amaze you!

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