If you are thinking about homeschooling or even if you have already started down your journey there are 5 habits of successful homeschool families that you should take on. They help make sure your children and you get the best from this experience and that means less stress!
1. Be flexible
This is probably the biggest one you need to learn. The best part of homeschooling is its flexibility. So make sure you are flexible, this could mean joining a last minute field trip with other families or jumping on a different subject because your kids are showing interest in it. Being flexible will allow you to take advantage of some great activities.
2. Adopt a learning lifestyle
Homeschooling doesn’t just end at 3 pm like public school it’s a lifestyle. Adopting a learning lifestyle means you find lessons everywhere. Outside walking and see a birds nest? Figure out what type of bird eggs are in it and watch as they hatch and grow up to fly the nest. Take advantage of the local car show and see car history via the different models. Take advantage of the local Greek festival and learn some Greek culture.
3. Don’t compare
Don’t compare your homeschool to another family. This can be detrimental to your homeschool. What works for one family won’t always work for another. No family is the same therefore no homeschool will be the same. Don’t compare what another family is doing or how far along they are in their school year to what you are doing.
4. Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. No one can do it all. Even if you just need another person to explain a concept so your child understands it or help with the laundry. There is nothing wrong in asking for a helping hand and I’m sure there are plenty of people who are willing to help you and your kids out.
5. Know when to say no
It can get overwhelming as a homeschool family, other families wanting to get together, homeschool co-ops, kids’ activities and field trips. Not to mention all the homeschool events in your area you need to know when to just say no or else you will get over run with activities and your days will be filled with stress as you try to figure out how to get it all done. Don’t take on anything you don’t want to.
What tips do you have to make your homeschooling successful?