Home Schooling Day To Day
May 22, 2012 Home Schooling
Here is a plan that can help you to organize your home schooling nicely.
- Put in place a morning routine. This is what you do, every day, when you climb out of bed. Get up at the same time (if possible) each day. Feed the kids, animals and yourself…etc… The goal is to have a pattern here so that everything is done that needs to get done.
- As mentioned earlier, you should give out chores for the kids too. Be sure to display this and offer incentives for doing a good job. More so, you need to schedule it. The better off you are with scheduling these items, the more successful you will be at getting them done.
- Determine your home schooling hours. This is a completely flexible option. Some families, such as those who have parents that work, will home school in the afternoons and evenings. Others get it done in the morning. The key here is to know when it is going to get done. Make this consistent from one week to the next.
- Determine which days of the week you will home school. This can be flexible. Some families like to home school (curriculum based) four days per week and then they spend Fridays with fireld trips, projects, hands on activities and even socialization activities. This is up to you, but again try to make it consistent.
- Be sure to let everyone know what is happening, including your friends and family. That way, they know that they cannot just drop by to talk or that you are unable to talk during home schooling hours. This is a time saver for most families.
This should help you to organize virtually the entire day for you and your family to home school. Keep in mind, though, that home schooling is flexible. That means that if you need to take a day off here and there, you can. More so, if you find your child needs more practice, you can extend the day to accommodate that or pick up an extra day.
Setting Up A Schedule
Setting up a schedule does not have to be difficult to do. Follow these tips to help you.
- Choose the time you will start and stop for the day.
- Give yourself a lunch break and perhaps an additional recess (run around the backyard) break.
- Notice any tasks for the day that will need to take more time. Whenever there is something demanding of your attention, be sure it is done at a time when your child is able to get your full attention. Let younger kids nap, for example, during this time.
- If you have more than one child, organize the activities so that while one child is working on assignments hand in hand with you, the others are working silently on their tasks.
- Be sure to work on the more complex topics when kids are most focused, usually during the morning hours. This may include math, science, and reading activities.
- Save those fun activities for the afternoons. It can help to wake them up and get them excited again.
- Some families do list subjects in the order they will teach them to completely flesh out the day.
- Give your kids a break afterschool to allow them to unwind and relax. That way, they do not see school as such a chore but a fun experience that they look forward to.
Perhaps the most important aspect of home schooling is your ability to be flexible. You may find that you need to alter the schedule so that one child gets more attention during their math period. You may not be able to concentrate or the kids may be tired from a late night. Changing up your schedule can help to accommodate for all of these needs in an organized fashion.
Try out different schedules until you find one that works for you and for your family.
As you get started with home schooling, realize that sometimes you just need to step away for a minute, take a deep breath and then get back to the tasks at hand. At the end of the day, it is you and your family that you are benefiting by home schooling.
At the beginning, frustration and overwhelming feelings are sure to be part of your day, every day. But, soon, things will get more organized and you will be well on your way to a happy process, especially when you keep at it.
With that in mind, you may find yourself drifting away from the original plans from time to time. You may need a bit of motivation to keep you on track.
A few teaching tips that can help you to get through those dififuclt times can be important.
- Remember that every child learns in a unique way. They likely learn differently than you did. The goal you have is to find the best way to teach your child, which may mean exploring several different types of learning methods. Be open to doing so, realizing that not just one way works for everyone.
- Believe that your child can do this. The more confidence you show to your child, even when things get difficult, the more successful they will be. At the end of the day, this confidence is what will help your child to do well. It will also help you to stay focused on the goals. It can be very difficult at times, but the outcome is well worth the struggle.
- Do not be too hard on yourself! It is not your teaching skills or your lack of organization that is causing your frustration. Home schooling takes time to get right. Give yourself some time to overcome some of the initial fears and worries and then be confident in your abilities. Your child is counting on you to be positive, motivating and confident.
- Be sure that self esteem and confidence building is done. You need to work to keep your child positive, even when they are struggling. This may mean trying a different learning method or even trying to approach the subject in a different manner. The key here is to focus on building their self esteem through every opportunity you get.
- Early learning can be a drawback for some children! Some families want to start home schooling their children at a very young age. While this may be good for some kids, it can limit their time to build key skills that you do not learn from a textbook, such as pretend plan and motor skills.
Whatever you do, do not compare your child or your skills to those of other parents. You will only continuously find flaws in yourself in this way!
Keeping Kids Interested
With home schooling, like any other type of educational pattern, it can become very easy to be bored. Boredom can come from several things, including not being challenged enough to not doing enough reinforcing activities.
To keep kids interested make things change. Instead of focusing on just one topic for the day, explore something different. You may want to change up the pattern and instead of learning about something from a textbook, you will do an experiment.
Another way to keep kids motivated with their education is to ask their opinion and to let them explore areas that they enjoy the most. For example, your child loves art. You spend some time each week working on crafts, but it seems like that is all they want to do. Change things up. For example, if you are learning about animal habitats, allow them to mesh their science and art lesson together and create a bird's next.
If you run out of ideas, ask for help with your support groups. They are sure to have tips and tricks for your unique situation.
As your child gets older, you are sure to find things that become difficult for both of you. This can become frustrating for each of you. Here are some tips to help you through difficult learning topics or confusion.
- Use your support group to help educate you, so that you can in turn help your child. That is why they are there and there will come a time when you can help them out, too.
- If your child is doing very well, you may be unable to teach him or her advanced subjects. In these situations, look for a tutor that can do so. You may even find that they can come to your home to help you in this way.
- Learn together. If you are struggling, find resources online to help both of you to learn together.
Struggling through harder subjects can be difficult but with the help of your support ground and resources, you should be able to make it through.
Today's home schooling parent has plenty of things to keep them busy with their child. You do not have to surround yourself with just textbooks. Some parents even use totally online learning curriculums for their child and then do the homework with them in person.
Explore your options here. If you feel that adding computers to your child's education will help them to get what they need, then allow that. Take the time to review these programs as you would any other. More so, realize that just because they are online does not mean that you are not part of the educational process. You can sit right beside them and education them. That is what most of these programs recommend!
Is home schooling the right choice for you and your family? If you have been able to get this far then you know that it can be one of the best investments you make in your child's life.
The Benefits Are Clear:
- Children get more one on one time with their educator.
- They get to explore topics that interest them in more detail.
- You are in control of your child's education and their long term goals.
- Children are able to learn at a pace that is right for their educational needs, including at a slower rate or even an advanced rate.
- Children get countless more opportunities to work with parents, who are their first teachers in life.
Home schooling is an excellent way for you to educate your children. Keep in mind that not everyone can be a home schooling parent. If you take on this task, you will need to be ready because it will not only change your child's life but also your own.
In most cases, this is a good thing.