It’s time to start a new year. Do you know how to homeschool with confidence this year? Or, are you saying to yourself:
- I’m burnt out. My kids are burnt out.
- So many decisions. Will I make the right one for my kids?
- I’m overwhelmed. I need help!
- I know what I’m doing, but want support.
- How do I get started?
- I said yes…but how to homeschool in real life???
You’re in the right place. I homeschooled for 10 years…all my kids are adults and doing well. We even have some grandkids. If I’m honest, I made plenty of mistakes and I don’t want you to repeat those mistakes.
What are my top 3 tips on how to homeschool with confidence?
How to Homeschool Tip #1: Goals
I know. I know. You hear this all the time, but do you have any goals for your homeschool.
When I first started homeschooling, the only goal I had was to use real books for reading, not textbooks. I was a public school teacher for 6 years. We read a chapter of this book and a chapter of that one. I wanted a class set of a good book, but never got it. I didn’t want my kids to have the same experience.
How did the goal of reading real books help me homeschool with confidence?
I focused on finding the best books for my kids to read and for us to read aloud as a family. Reading books individually and together as a family was of upmost importance, so I created a schedule around reading. Not math. Not Science. But reading. I realized that reading is a part of all education.
We used good books to learn . . .
- Math (Yep…There are Math Story Books)
Not only did I use real books in most subject areas, I planned our schedule around reading aloud and reading individually. We began our day with a 1-hour Family Time. During Family Time, we read a classic book as a family for 30 minutes.
At first, my kids complained. “What if we don’t get our Math done?”
I told them reading is most important in our homeschool, so we start with reading. Isn’t that true for all of us? Whatever is “really” most important is what we do first.
If I’m honest, I only had one goal in the beginning. Over time, we added more goals for my kids. These goals helped me decide which curricula to buy, how to plan our year, whether or not to be in a co-op, and the main focus for each kids that year.
What goals do you have for your homeschool?
Grab a piece of paper and write down one goal for your homeschool this year. Then, write one goal for each child. Use those goals as you make decisions about curriculum, scheduling and your approach to homeschool.
Tip #2: Have a Plan
Do your kids ask what’s for dinner, immediately after lunch? Mine did. When I didn’t have a plan, I was a mess, on edge. I even took it out on my kids.
When I had a plan for our meals, I was prepared and knew I had the ingredients. My spirit within was much calmer.
It’s the same with homeschooling. Do you have a plan for your homeschool? To help me be prepared and homeschool with confidence, I spent Sunday night preparing for the week. My kids were in Awanas & Steve had Bible Study. I had time to focus and prepare for the week.
That’s what worked for me. You might plan better on Saturday mornings when your husband takes the kids to the park or out for breakfast. Find a time in your schedule to plan your week.
Personally, I think it’s best to plan one week at a time. This allows you flexibility when your child isn’t learning a concept. You can spend more time on that concept the following week. When you plan a month or year in advance, you can put added stress on yourself.
You feel tied to your plan. Then, you lose the beauty of homeschooling. You, also, lose the freedom to do what’s best for your kids.
Tip #3: Support from Experienced Homeschoolers
Back in the day, before smart phones & social media, we had email support groups. Every day I received an email with questions and answers from local homeschoolers.
When I started homeschooling, most people told me, “You’ll be great. You’re a public school teacher.” What a mistake to think being a public school teacher would help me homeschool. Just the opposite.
I had to unlearn the education methods of public schools and discover what true education was. I watched experienced Christian homeschoolers to see what they did. I asked them questions about how to homeschool. I leaned on their experience to guide me through a new way to educate with a Christian perspective.
Fast forward to 2021
You can find online groups for every aspect of homeschooling: Teaching Preschoolers, Teaching High School, Using Charlotte Mason, Teaching History, Organizing Your Homeschool.
You name it. It’s out there. It’s helpful. It’s also overwhelming.
You can’t join every group or you would never have time to homeschool. How do you decide which group to follow and which ones will truly help you where you are right now?
To save you time and cover almost every aspect of homeschooling in one week, I am hosting Homeschool Super Heroes Week (HSHW). I invited 40 experienced homeschoolers to share their expertise and guide you on how to homeschool. Best of all, to answer your questions so you can homeschool with confidence.
You’ll have a chance to hear from our Homeschool Super Heroes, like Andrew Pudewa (IEW), Linda Lacour Hobar (Mystery of History), Tauna Meyer (Proverbial Homemaker), Kathie Morrissey (The Character Corner) & Jen Merckling. You’ll be surprised you can hear from them for FREE.
How can HSHW help you this year?
- Transform the Chaos
- Get Your Questions Answered in our Private Community Group
- Get Your Homeschool Organized
- Stop Homeschool Overwhelm
- Discover Tips to Homeschool with Confidence
You’re probably thinking … I don’t have money to attend an online event. That’s the beauty of Homeschool Super Heroes. Our HSHW Sponsors make it available for you to attend with a Free Ticket. Take a look at what’s included in your FREE Basic Ticket.
60+ Original Videos, Interviews, Live Sessions – Available to watch first 24 hours after released
Private Community Group – Interact with Speakers, Sponsors, Other Homeschoolers
Digital Swag Bag – Valued over $500 in free and discounted items
Attend in your PJ’s, if you like – From anywhere in the world
Facebook Party – Giveaways, Door Prizes & More – Monday, August 23
Kick-Off with Kerry – Get the most out of your pass – Sunday, August 22
Option to get VIP Pass ($25) – Lifetime Access to all video, audio, handouts and bonus items
No travel. No hotel. No long car rides.
Registration is now open.
Click here to get your FREE Ticket.
Wondering how to homechool with confidence? You’ll be off to a great start when you have goals, a schedule and a group of experienced homeschoolers to journey with you.
As a way to help you get started financially & confidently this homeschool year, I have a special treat.
Maybe you’ve already started your school year, or perhaps you homeschool year-round. Maybe you’re still busy preparing and finalizing curriculum choices for the upcoming school year. Whatever your situation might be, what homeschool mom couldn’t use a little extra money for homeschool curriculum or resources?
Many homeschool families are on tight budgets, so winning a gift card to a major online homeschool retailer would surely help you check some things off of your curriculum wish list. I’m teaming up with some of my homeschool blogging friends to bring you a HUGE gift card giveaway to Christianbook.com We will be blessing THREE homeschool families with $200 to spend at Christianbook.com for you to use on curriculum, books, games, puzzles, or whatever educational supplies you might need!
Whether you’re living on one income or are buying curriculum for multiple kids, we know that homeschooling can put financial strain and stress on a family, so our hope is that we can bless a few homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can decrease that burden and buy the curriculum and supplies they need.
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