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Once you have made the big decision to homeschool your children, the next question in your mind will be how to rock your homeschool.
There is an abundance of information out there about what and how to teach, but perhaps not so much about how to make it as successful as possible.
Follow our tips for successful homeschooling to make your experience and your child’s as positive as possible.
Tips for Successful Homeschooling
Are you feeling a little lost when it comes to homeschooling? You’re not alone. It can be tough to know where to start, and even tougher to keep things moving forward in the right direction.
But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips for rocking your homeschool and having a successful homeschooling experience.
Make Learning Fun
Public school kids are required to sit at a desk most of the day. Homeschoolers can make schooling more fun than that.
We can move around, learn on the go, and more! Have plenty of fun and make learning as enjoyable as possible.
Learning can be fun for you, too, as you learn new things alongside your kids.
Have a Positive Attitude
Unfortunately, there is so much in the world that is our of our control. It can be beneficial to teach your children to approach everything with a positive attitude.
Your children will absorb your attitude and mood like a sponge. So, stay upbeat and enthusiastic, and your children will reflect it.
Keep it Simple
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning your homeschool year. There is so much information and so many choices out there when it comes to what to teach and how.
Keep your teaching and homeschooling simple. You don’t need an educational buffet of plans, curriculums, and approaches to succeed.
Put a limit on your searching and resource collecting or you risk paralysis by analysis and do nothing!
Be practical about your plans, your resources, and your curriculum. If something isn’t working, try using it another way, and if it still doesn’t work, ditch it. There is little point sticking to a curriculum you all hate just because you already paid for it.
This goes for those weeks that seem to drag and everyone feels down too. Take a day off, take a field trip, go on a picnic, head to the beach. A day off may be just what you need to revitalize everyone!
Simplify Your Life
As a homeschooling parent, you must take steps to organize and simplify your life. Limit your commitments and outside activities to keep your life simple. You and your kids will be happier.
Organize errands and out of home activities into one or two days rather than interrupting your homeschool morning every day because you need milk or have to mail a package. Adjust your schedule as your kids grow and life changes.
Turn your phone off! We live in an age of instant communication, but your child and their learning come first. Everyone else can wait.
Inform family and friends of your schedule and keep your homeschool time sacred. That means no phone calls and no drop in visitors. Just homeschool.
Switch Off Work-Mode
If you work from home, it can very tempting to check your emails or do a couple of bits of work while your child is painting.
Don’t! Set a time for your work and a time for homeschool and keep the two separate. This keeps you engaged and prevents you from being sucked into a task that will distract you from your homeschool tasks.
Don’t Be a Disctraction
Don’t be a distraction to your kids. Even if you don’t have other work to do, the temptation to sneakily load the dishwasher or take out the trash can be strong.
Don’t run around doing other things while your kids are trying to study. Stay focused on your children’s education during this time.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Have confidence and remind yourself that you can do this. If you are doing all that you can, your children will learn and be successful.
Children across the world learn in all kinds of environments. Be enthusiastic with each new day, get help when you need it, and keep going. Your children and their education will be fine.
If in Doubt…Read!
If you get stuck… read. Reading skills are the key to everything, and without them your child will never reach their full potential.
If your day goes to pot because everyone is in a bad mood or something bad happens, just take some time to sit and read with your kids.
There is no better life preserver for a day that has spun out of control than to cuddle up and read with your children.
Ask for Help
There are so many online groups and forums that there is always some available and willing to give you advice. So, take some time to reach out and ask for help.
Whether you want advice, answers, or just some rejuvenating conversation and reassurance, check in with your on and offline homeschool buddies and talk.
Homeschooling is one of the best things you can do for your kids, and you will look back on these years with joy.
But right now, there will sometimes be days when everything goes wrong, when there just isn’t enough time in the day.
But this doesn’t mean your homeschool is a failure or you are doing anything wrong.
Stay focused, plan as best you can and follow these tips to make homeschooling a success for your family.