It’s that time of year again. It’s back to school time, which means you’ll need to bring your A-game to make sure your kids have a wonderful academic year. There are many things you can do to ensure a successful and fun school year, many of which are simple changes that make a big impact. Here are some back to homeschool tips to get the year started right.
It might seem simple, but making a plan is one of the best things you can do for a successful homeschool year. If you have a curriculum that’s already laid out for the school year, look it over and decide if it follows the order you want to use or if you would like to switch some units. If you don’t, then strategize which skills your children need to learn, and then plot when they’ll learn it. Once you have a general idea of how the school year will go, you can then break those semesters down into months and weeks, planning more in-depth details.
Get Them Excited!
Learning should be fun! Homeschool families have the freedom to plan more fun activities and field trips than public schools can. In order to get your year started right, start with a trip somewhere fun. Plan some activities to learn about the beach or the forest, then take a trip to these locations. When you start the year off with interactive and hands-on learning, your kids will be excited to learn more. This, in turn, helps you have a wonderful homeschool year.
Dedicate a Homeschool Space
As tempting as it might be to do your lessons in bed while wearing pajamas, that isn’t the most productive way to homeschool. This year, dedicate a learning space in your house. Give your children a workspace, whether it be individual desks or a shared table. Soon, your kids will start to correlate this space with learning, which will put them in the right mindset when it’s time to get started on a lesson. You can have fun decorating this space, creating a book nook in the corner for reading, as well as centers that include educational games.
Love on Them
As a homeschooling parent, it’s easy to forget what a blessing it is that you get to teach your children at home. In the middle of grading, lesson planning, and everything else that goes along with teaching, take a moment to remind yourself that your children are #1, which is why you’re homeschooling them. Love on them, showing them how much you care. Not only will this strengthen your parent/child relationship, it will also develop your teacher/student relationship, making the school year run more smoothly.
These back to homeschool tips are sure to get your year started right. Simply plan the year, from lessons to your learning space, then have fun! Both you and your children will appreciate having a fun and successful school year.