If you’re thinking about homeschooling your kids rather than sending them to a public, charter, or private school, you’re likely a little worried about what your first homeschooling year will look like for your family. Luckily, with a little planning and some grace for both you and your children, you can successfully meet any challenge your homeschooling year may throw at you.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for starting your first year homeschooling.
Keep Things Simple At First
When starting from scratch with homeschooling, you may feel like you want to get everything perfect from the get-go. And while this is a worthy goal to have, because you aren’t going to be sure exactly about what you’ll be getting yourself into at the beginning of homeschooling, it’s wise to try to keep things as simple as possible at first.
Especially if you’re not completely convinced that homeschooling is something that you’ll want to be doing for the long-run, keeping things simple as you get started and then giving yourself time and space to learn and grow together with your kids will help to make transitioning to homeschooling much easier for everyone. This can include focusing more on the work you get done rather than having to do school work for a certain number of hours each day.
Borrow From Others’ Lesson Plans
If you don’t have much experience with teaching, or if you feel like you’re not exactly sure what you should be teaching your kids, you can and should borrow lesson plans from other teachers or homeschoolers.
There are so many different curriculums available that you can use to help teach any and all subjects to your kids. From American history to math and even art, sharing curriculum and using curriculum that others have tried and found to be successful for them can help you save a lot of time and energy as a new homeschooling parent.
Create A Flexible Routine
In traditional schools, kids are there for all hours of the day. But when you’re homeschooling, you can be a bit more flexible with your schedule. If you want your kids to get to sleep in more or to spend the morning or afternoon hours doing other activities, you can decide to structure your days so that schoolwork takes place when it works for your family.
Keep in mind, however, that children thrive when there is some kind of structure and schedule that they can depend upon, so you should try to keep to the same type of school day on a regular basis if you’re able to.
If you’re going to be starting your first year of homeschooling soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you and your kids be ready for this big change.