Welcome to Day 1 of our Schoolhouse Review Crew's 5 Days of Homeschooling 101!We look forward to having you this week and hope you will be blessed by the many posts that will be linked throughout the week! Feel free to link up as well!
Whether you are a brand new homeschooler or one that has been in the trenches for years, curriculum is probably the biggest thing you will worry about each year. Even after 18 years of homeschooling and graduating two already, it is still the area I ponder the most. After all, it is a decision that can affect how your kids do, how well they learn, and really, determine what your year will look like.
Do your research! - There are a lot of school materials out there. A lot! Before you go buying on a whim, or spend way too much money at your homeschool convention, take a while to look around at what there is. Gather catalogs, look at websites, read reviews, and ask your friends.
Know your student(s)! - Every person has a different learning style. Some, like my oldest son, are auditory learners. Some, like my youngest daughter, are kinesthetic learners. Others learn best by reading or doing.
Make it fun! - Yes, school is hard work, but even public school teachers have a little fun sometimes. Play games, do word searches or sing songs. Choose a few subjects that lend themselves to more fun. Your child will still learn and you will have fun together at the same time.
Don't be an over achiever! - Yes, we all want our kids to be smart and succeed, but let's face it, not everyone is going to be the next Einstein. And no, we cannot do everything. Trust me on this one, there are so many amazing curriculums out there that it is easy to get carried away and try to fit them all into your day. After all, we would not want our kids to miss out on any opportunity. I am here to tell you- don't do it. Right, son?! ;) Over planning your day is a recipe for not only burnout but also disaster. And probably a little rebellion. Focus on core subjects, add a few well thought out extracurricular courses and let the rest go. Your child will thank you!
Know the laws! - Oh yes, and then there's THAT! The government still dictates what we do in most states. Unfortunately, each state is different. Some require you to maintain immaculate records, others require annual testing. Regardless of the requirements or what we think about them, it is our obligation to follow the rules. By following the rules now, you can save yourself a lot of trouble later!
With a little bit of patience and planning, you CAN have a successful school year. Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but if God calls you to it, He will bless you through it!