When you first think of homeschooling, your first questions are probably “how will I afford it and how will it work at home?” I can tell you that you CAN afford it and it CAN work at home.
To be a homeschool mom, you don’t need a degree or piece of paper that states you are now able to teach your children. When you first had your baby, did you need to present to your doctor or midwife a completion of a course you studied to become a parent? No. Have you been teaching and encouraging your little one to crawl, walk, listen, learn to use the potty, get dressed on his/her own, etc?
YOU are the best teacher for your children because you have been there from the beginning and you know how they learn the best. You know and can tell when they get frustrated or are just being lazy. Many people think you need to give up so much to homeschool, but you actually gain more than you know and you learn along with them!
My oldest son is going into Pre-K this year and he is very excited. He loves learning and it is so nice to be able to train him up to follow Jesus and to live his passions. He currently has a passion for art, swimming, and superheroes but being an almost 5 year old that sounds about right!
To have a simple and practical routine I have found these 7 tips to be very helpful in our home. I would love to hear what your tips are! Share below or on the Facebook page.
Simple and Practical Homeschool Routine:
1. Have a planner
Just like any other teacher you need a planner to keep organized and to know what is coming up. I would suggest planning month by month out on a calendar and leave time for flexibility.
2. Schedule time for breaks
This is especially important if you have boys! Boys need probably 10-15 minutes to just go outside in between lessons and run and get some energy out. You will find less frustration and more determination on their part too when they come back in to finish.
3. Have a goal for a start and end time for the day
The plus side of being home schooled is you don’t have to go constantly from 9-3 each day! You can schedule to have your lessons from 9-12 each day and the afternoon to read or learn everyday skills.
4. Have a basket or designated area for school books to go
This will make it simple so each morning when you tell him/her “It’s time for school!” they will know exactly where to go.
5. Give yourself grace to make mistakes
You might get frustrated, impatient, stressed but just remember this wasn’t a decision you made lightly I’m sure. You chose to stay home and teach and train your children because you wanted the best for them.
6. Begin your day with prayer and a Bible lesson
Each day should begin with Jesus. Your children should know He is the reason we are able to be here and learn and we need to learn so many truths from the Bible and Him.
7. Schedule field trips and fun trips
Schedule a library time for each and possibly even make Fridays a field trip day! Or a once a month field trip is fun too. You could go to a local farm, go see Dad at work, local museum. Anything can be turned into a learning time, even a trip to the grocery story and the older ones keeping a calculator of how much each item is and the younger ones play a game of finding words or letters (this is what my husband plays with our oldest son whenever we go grocery shopping).
Just remember any homeschool routine you make needs to fit your family. Take an evening and even sit down with your husband and plan out some goals for the year or go month by month.
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