Homeschool Days are Back
If you are new or old to homeschool, you know how hard it can be to get those kids up. Here are some tips to help you get your kiddos up and going in the morning.
Homeschool is about Flexibility
We homeschool our children because we love the flexibility homeschool gives our families. Simply put, we can get up when we want to. We do school when we want to. We eat meals when we want to. We go on field trips when we want to. We take holidays when we want to.
Utilizing homeschool is a wonderful way to jump-start our kid’s careers! Let’s dive right into tips that can help you and better utilize our lives with school.
Tips for Homeschoolers:
Get Up Early
The very words sound terrible, don’t they? Get up early, you think, with despair. Trust me, the earlier you get yourself and the kids up, the more time you have in the day to do things. Think about it. If you get up early, most of school is done by lunch time. That leaves the afternoon for crafts, field trips, book reports, homework, or better yet, NOTHING. That is a good enough reason for me to set my clock just a little earlier tomorrow.
Here is sample day to go by. Get up at 7 a.m. Breakfast is at 7:30. 8 a.m. sharp, school is in session. School runs through 12p.m., which is the stopping point for lunch, thank goodness. Don’t be worried if your schooling runs into the afternoon. The older the kids are, the more school is required, and that is just a fact of life. As they get into high school, utilizing local colleges is a great thing to incorporate into your schooling.
Do 4 Day Homeschool Work Weeks
This is my favorite tip, I must say. My kids love to do an extra lesson in everything one day of week. This allows us allow to have a break on Fridays. For the older kids, math can still be done of Friday, but the rest of subjects are scheduled on a 4 day work week. And the mom’s say Amen!
To create a 4 day work week for your homeschool, here’s some help:
• Get up early!
• Plan Ahead!
• Be prepared.
• Schedule an extra lesson in every subject on Monday (Monday will be our hard day!)
• Tuesday afternoon can be for any extra homework left for the extra lessons.
• Take Thursday afternoon for all homework left.
• Enjoy your Friday off!
• Friday’s are Field Trip Days.
Take Small Breaks
Especially for small children, breaks are a necessity. The breaks can be as short as five minutes. The point is to get them active for a few minutes to release some of their excitement that comes with being a kid. Sometimes we do fruit snacks. I will cut up apples or oranges to give to the kids once the break begins.
I try to be punctual about getting back into school after the break ends. This helps our day go faster and makes sure we finish all subjects for the day. Snacks and breaks keep the kids excited for the next one. A full stomach helps the kids stay more focused and concentrating on their school. An empty stomach only means the children will be cranky and not focused on their school. Be prepared and have snacks ready for your snacks.
Use Life Experiences for School
There are so many things that happen in our days that allow us to incorporate into your school. I am going to offer you a list of different topics you can use throughout your school weeks. I love to take things we are talking about in our family and turn those into topics for book reports.
Print Free Homeschool Schedules to make your life easier! There is nothing better than a detailed homeschool mom. That isn’t to say you won’t have off days, but if you have schedules, you will be prepared for anything.
Have your Homeschool Crafts ready for those rainy days when you need them the most. There are days when school is just a struggle. Crafts make everything better and can get your kids focused and doing what you need them to do.
If you need a Homeschool Activity, always have activities planned so you have them on crazy days. You can create projects for spelling, history, math, language… pretty much any subject you are working on with your kids, you can create an activity or project for. Kids love to work hands on making these kinds of activities perfect.
On those days when you need your child to stay busy, use this Free Online Spelling Course to keep them busy and learn at the same time.
Reading is Important
Have Readers Available at all times. Buy this I mean you need to have readers for each grade level available for those errand days. Take your readers with you were every you go and never waste a second in your homeschooling. I have read-out-loud readers and read along readers. I only take the read alone readers on our weekly road trips around town.
Once we get back home, we discuss what was read or issues with words. The great thing is that you can order you books online. Check out Sonlight Reader Packages for great ideas on readers for your grade level. I like to go check out their reader packages then go to Amazon or Ebay and buy them at a cheap price. The key is just finding great readers for your kid.
Writing is Important
The joy of homeschool is that you can fit in subjects such as writing at any point of the day. Writing can be done in the morning, afternoon, or evening. The awesome part of this is that you can take any subject as your writing topic. As long as the children are writing and learning to improve their writing technique, you are A-Okay.
Book Reports are a wonderful way to incorporate writing into your homeschool lifestyle. I take issues that are going on in our family, our city, and our country and use these topics for book reports. Not only does this build their writing abilities but prepares them for high school and college.
I always have a Sample Book Report for each grade level that the kids can look back to for an example. This allows them to always have sample to study from. Before you know it, your child will be an expert at book reports. With each grade, try to make the book reports a little longer, and harder. Pushing your kids to excellence will only bring good things.