There is not one right way to homeschool. Except there is this: if you are not considering how your child naturally learns or how they actually engage; if you are not cosidering what you actually think about what an education is, how you like to learn or how you like to teach, engage, or facilitate. If you’re not considering your child, you and your partner, then you might not be doing it “right”. Is what you’re actually doing working?Teresa Wiedrick, author of Homeshcool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer
Ten Meta Tips to Plan your Upcoming Homeschool
- Be realistic. How to do this? Time block your time to discover how much time stuff ACTUALLY takes. And practice being right here now.
- Self-Care is a requirement, not an option.
- You can influence a child, but you can’t control them.
- Academics are not synonymous with an education.
- Plan for the “S” question. You’ll have to answer it to infinity and beyond.
- Plan for YOU in your homeschool too.
- There is no ONE right way to homeschool.
- Everthing isn’t always going to go well all the time.
- Always work toward fun in your homeschool days.
- Above everything, know yourself.
Practical Tips to Plan your Upcoming Homeschool
- At 4 pm, put stuff neatly away (& find the erasers, scissors, pencils to find them later).
- Once a day (or a week), bullet point what you actually did in your homeschools.
- Don’t be the only person to read aloud (perhaps read aloud 15-30 minutes post-breakfast), then grab your drawing book, knitting, quilting and have a child read aloud to YOU!
- Try not to do other stuff while your kid is working beside you. This teaches you (& them) to focus.
- Phone not allowed at your study time. Limit your screentime too.
- Short, focused math lessons: “Look for the math concepts”, help them not train their brain into mistakes and apathy and boredom: short & sweet.
- Read about learning, read about learning to learn, learning to write, learning to read, etc. This is training YOU to engage your child.
- Steve Deme rule: show them until they ask to do it, then let them do it. (Make it a strategic playtime, not painful math time).
- Assume that conversations count as learning. Respond to most of their questions.
- Make fun your goal…take the serious out of education, play in the new educationese focus, y’all know it’s what you want your kid to enjoy anyway.
Check out the book of Homeschool Encouragement: : Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer
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