Category Archives: Homeschooling Help
The school year is whipping by and worries about progress sometimes cloud homeschooling skies at this point. It does not need to be that way. As home educators, we are accountable for our children’s education, but we must never forget, education is not all about the books. We teach children, not lessons. The academics of home education include a step-by-step process that requires discipline and diligence, but much more is learned along the way. Learning to persevere when a subject is hard (or just plain boring!) is a vital character lesson. While our children may argue that they will never use what they are learning (we said it, didn’t we?), we know they will encounter things in their future that will seem pointless too. Completing the task at hand is a valuable skill for life!
We must review our annual plans and evaluate progress toward completion, never let that be the engine of homeschooling. Monitoring progress allows us to see where more work may be needed or a schedule rearranged. It does not need to throw us into a pit of despair and fear. If you have never created a Mission Statement for your home education endeavor, let me encourage you to consider it. Vision is a great encouragement when the struggles and details of the homeschool year begin to drown us. As a family talk about what education means to you, discuss how the time together deepens your family bonds and teaches lessons public education cannot. Establish goals together and use the vision to pull you forward when you begin to feel bogged down. Home education is a lifestyle choice that builds children and families together. Enjoy it!
Do you find yourself second guessing the amount of work you assigned your child based on their moaning and groaning? You know your child’s capabilities and have given out the assignments. As time passes your student is taking a long time and starts appeals of, “It’s too much writing and my hand hurts! All my assignments are long today, can you shorten some? I’ll never get this done in time.”
There are times to reevaluate, but do not let your child regularly manipulate you into changing your mind about the day’s lesson plan. If it works once, they’ll try again and a bad habit of complaining has started.
Be encouraged, if this has already started as a pattern in your homeschool you have the power to turn it around. Stand firm for a few days and your children will come to know that you have a NO WHINING HOMESCHOOL ZONE!
Have you ever thought of lap booking to increase your homeschooling fun and education? Here is a video of a great Cells Lap book. Search You Tube to see how homeschoolers do lap books.