This article, entitled "Homeschooling Tips for Beginners," comes from Annie Payne, MomsEveryday blogger from Western Colorado.
We are new to homeschooling. My seventh grade daughter started the K12 online program in January. She goes back to her old middle school for Band each day, but does the rest of her school work online. We are both enjoying the change, but it has come with a learning curve. Here are a few of my tips for families who are just starting out on the adventure of homeschooling.
Keep a schedule
This may be the exact reason you quit traditional schooling, because you and your child enjoy a more free-flowing, unrestricted lifestyle. Well, good luck with that. We started homeschooling to make better use of her time, not to forget time all together. Both of us agreed that she could accomplish a lot more without the distraction of other kids who aren’t ready to learn.
Keeping a schedule for us means she still gets up at the same time every day. This may be different for every child schedule. For us that means 7:15 a.m., after I have dropped her older brothers off at high school. Then we make breakfast together, after breakfast, we sit down at the computer and get to work.
Identify your productive hours
We have found that our most productive hours are between 7-11 a.m. My sister’s homeschooler accomplishes more in the afternoon/early evening hours. Figure out what works best for your child and do as much as you can during that time period.
Clear your schedule and learning space of distractions
Successful homeschooling is hard work for both parent and child. We find it difficult to accomplish the day’s assignments when errands or appointments get in the way. The wonderful thing about homeschooling is the flexibility of your schedule, but be careful to not over-schedule yourself or your child to the point where the school work suffers. Also, make sure your child has an area all their own for their studies. If you cannot give them a whole room, give them a corner which is dedicated solely to their learning and school supplies.
Homeschooling is supposed to fun!
Whatever your reason for homeschooling, remember that it should be enjoyable for both you and your child. What a great blessing and choice to be able to spend so much time together. Add activities to your computer and book work. We enjoy hiking and cooking classes. Take advantage of the flexibility of being able to be out and about.
After a couple months into our new life as homeschoolers, we are feeling great about the choice we made. I hope these tips and ideas can help you if this is something you have started or are considering doing.
If you are a seasoned homeschooler, I welcome your comments and suggestions on how you make home-schooling successful for your kids.