It’s that time of year again. Time to start back to school. While public schools are sending out list of what to buy for the coming school year, you can jump on the back to school wagon and get organized and ready for a great school year.
We have been home schooling for 12 years. When my girls were starting kindergarten, I wanted the first day of school to be special and something they looked forward to. We decided to make home-made donuts on our first day of school. We buy the cheap canned biscuits, cut out the center, and fry in oil. We roll them in brown sugar and cinnamon. I know it is not the healthiest way to start the day, but we only do this one day out of the year. The first day of school! Who knew, that each year after wards, we will be frying up donuts on our first day of school. Now, my daughter is a Senior and yes, we made home made donuts on her first day of her last year of high school.
Take pictures throughout the school year and make a scrap book. I find scrap booking to be expensive, so we use a regular photo album. I add stickers and title each section into seasons. We put pictures from field trips, (which were actually my husband’s business trips that we got to go on because we home schooled) ticket stubs, brochures from places we visited, etc. What a wonderful way to start each new school year, by looking at the fun you had the previous year. Be sure to include pictures of students working hard on their school work. No play without hard work!
Start school at the same time each day. Routine is key for a home school student. Just like in public school, they would be starting and ending school at the same time each day. They also would be breaking for lunch at the same time. The past 12 years, we have started school at 9:00am, had lunch at 11:00, and ended our day between 2-3:00pm. By keeping a routine, your student knows what to expect and when to expect it.
Have a place for them to keep their school books. We used little file cabinets. The kids each had their own cabinet and decorated the outside any way they wanted by adding stickers, etc. At the end of the day, they knew their school books/work books went back into the file cabinet.
Have a place for them to put their completed work. If you are recording grades and they have papers they must turn into you, have a bin or a file that their work must go in. It is their responsibility to make sure their work gets turned into you. This is also go practice for later in life when they go to college or are in the work place.
Have a comfortable seat and table for them to work at. Make sure your student can touch the floor with their feet. This will aid in the neatness of their writing.
Enjoy your home school-er! It goes by way to fast and before you know it, you will be looking at colleges all to soon!