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Big List Of Back To Homeschool Tips
Stay Focused On What Is Important
- Write down a vision, mission statement, and/or prayer for your family. For inspiration, you can read mine HERE.
- Taking a simple notebook page and jotting down your goals for the upcoming year can act as a guide throughout the entire year, keeping you on track.
These are example goals for our family:
- Daily Bible study and an emphasis on living for Jesus
- Practicing & teaching life skills
- Laying a strong foundation in language arts and math
- Music instruction/appreciation
- Foreign language exposure
- Reading lots of high-quality literature/nonfiction living books
- Before you make any purchases, go through your current homeschool inventory, taking note of what you can use this year.
to be used this year
to be saved for another year/child
to be sold or donated
- throw away broken and empty materials.
- write a shopping list.
- organize what can be used again.
- For our foundational subjects, I organize by grade level.
- I keep our items to be saved for future years in a cabinet.
- The items to be used this year are on a bookshelf grouped together for each child.
- Our “lifestyle of learning” subjects are organized by subject and all grade levels are accessible for all children to read or use as they are interested. These include science, history, art, and activity books.
Consider Alternative Ways To Teach
Science, history, geography, and art can all be taught in a very relaxed manner in the elementary years. These are considered the “lifestyle of learning” subjects in our home (among life skills, etc.).
You can use DVDs, experiences, field trips, activities, family vacations, living books, audiobooks, etc. to making learning part of real life. Even language arts and math can be taught without the extensive and/or exclusive use of textbooks.
Our Favorite Non-Textbook Resources
- Streaming Online – Subscriptions to places such as Compass Classroom, Pureflix, Amazon Prime, Netflix, or the Dove Channel have decent documentaries if you are diligent in searching and filtering them for your children.
- DVDs – Moody Science Classics, Mike’s Inspiration Station, Signing Time, etc.
- Audio – Heirloom Audio Productions, the Jonathan Park Series, Lamplighter, and Mystery of History audiobooks are great.
- Books – historical fiction, nonfiction, etc. See our book list HERE.
- Hands-On – science, art, building, and crafts supplies/kits are perfect for the kinesthetic and visual learners.
Instead of a strict, set-in-stone schedule, you can “sketch a plan” for each day, week, and month of the year ahead.
- A simple way to do this is to look at an entire calendar year and then sketch out the dates for pre-planned breaks from school. Mark the start and end dates for your homeschool year. That is your year-at-a-glance.
- Then count exactly how many school weeks you will end up with and ideally you will have a few extra for emergencies. Now, take your foundational curriculum and see how many days and/or weeks of lessons they have. Divide by the week or by the day, and then simply do the next lesson.
- Start the official school year on the first Monday in September (or Tuesday if you don’t want to start on the Labor Day holiday).
- End the official school year the last Friday in July.
- Take a summer break between the last Friday in July and first Monday in September.
- We also take off the last full week of each month off October through June for breaks.
- We simply ‘do the next thing’ each school day/week/month/year.
I sketch my daily plan by simply creating a routine that works for our family.
- We start our day with morning chores & breakfast, move on to Bible & journal time, then we start math and other textbook-style lessons, ending our formal school time by lunchtime.
- I often read living books for history/science out loud or my children will do hands-on learning for science/history in the afternoon.
- Ease into a new homeschool year by just doing just one subject the first day or week.
- The goal is to get back into a routine and create some sort of structure.
- Focus on getting into your morning time routine.
- Structure your day around the existing natural flow of your day.
- Make sure everyone (old enough) knows the expected routine. Example: breakfast, chores, Bible time, etc.
- Add in more subjects every day/week.
- Create a relaxed routine that offers security, repetition, and flexibility.
- Rotate through some subjects to keep the school hours/days from becoming too long. Example: history on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday / science on Tuesday and Thursday, etc.
- Work steadily through the lessons with a ‘just do the next thing’ mentality.
- Remember: “Slow & Steady Wins The Race”!