Homeschooling through a Layoff

Homeschooling through a layoff

At some point in your homeschool career you are bound to deal with job changes or losses. We have had this happen to us, twice. The first time I was devastated and threw all learning out the door for the 6 weeks my husband was home. At the end of the school year we had barely put a dent in our school books and I realized I had made a big mistakes. So, the second time, I knew that I could not do that again.

Homeschooling through a layoff can be tricky. After all, you are not used to having your spouse home during the day, and your routine is going to be out of whack. However, it is important that you keep “trucking” on during the layoff. Why? Here are three reasons why.

Routine is important. It is important to your kids, and it is important to your homeschool. After the intial shock of the layoff has passed, jump back into the books. If your husband is home, have him help with homeschooling. Put him in charge of a subject he may enjoy, or split the kids up and let him take the younger ones, while you focus on the older ones. Keeping your routine will help your family keep your mind off of the layoff.

It will help provide stability. Kids pick up on things and they know it is not “normal” for your spouse to be home during the day. They are probably picking up on concerns and stressors within the home, and may be worried. Continuing homeschooling through the layoff provides them with extra stability. They will know that something is still “normal”, and that all is well within their home.

Keeps your homeschooling on track. There is nothing works than getting to summer break and realizing you are 2 months “behind”. Believe me! The year we took 6 weeks off my oldest was only in preschool, so I didn’t feel obligated to run through summer, but now that my kids are older there is no way I could ditch the books for that long and not be behind. Continuing homeschooling through a layoff will ensure that you are on task all year.

Now, there is  nothing wrong with taking an impromptu day or week off when your spouse first loses their job. But, the important thing is to keep going once that initial shock or first few days are over. This will help you keep your routine, provide stability for your children and ensure that you are on track with homeschooling!

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings.  She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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Setting and Keeping Homeschool Goals

Setting and Keeping Homeschool Goals

 

As the 2014-2015 school year ends, it is a great time to take a look at the goals we have set for ourselves and our children. Homeschool goals are important to have because they help keep you and your kids on task for the year. It also helps you see at a glance how far each child has progressed, and what areas you may need to work on.

Now, I am not one who plans far ahead. However, I do set a few goals each year for each child. Here is an example of what some of our goals may be:

Child 1 Child 2 Child 3
Master long division Complete 30 speed drills in a minute Learn primary colors and basic shapes
Learn basic computer skills Start cursive handwriting Begin tracing name

 

How do I Set Goals?

Setting goals does not have to be hard or serious. Sit down, make a list of what you think your child needs to know and what you want to teach. This is really simple the first few years. But can get complicated once your child gets older.

If you are not sure what goals to set for your children take a look at the standards in your state. These will give you an idea as to what the other children in your state are learning. You can find this by simply typing in “State standards for…..” and then search by grade.

Pinterest also is a great resource for finding basic information about grade levels, what a child needs to know, etc. Another great resource and one of the books I recommend EVERY homeschool parent own is Rebecca Rupp’s Learning Year by Year. This book breaks down basic information that children should know each year and includes resources to help you teach it. I typically set around 10 goals for each child.

How do I Keep Goals?

After I have set the goals I have for my children, I put them on paper or on a spreadsheet. I   then come back every few months and mark of those we have mastered. This lets me know where we are, and what I need to focus on. I can also add new goals as I see fit.

If you have a hard time finding time to work on certain skills set aside a day just to focus on one goal. We did this with one of mine who had a horrible time learning to tie her shoes. We worked on it for about an hour until she completely mastered it. But, I had to mark off other items on the list and focus on just THAT goal.

 

Setting and keeping goals in your homeschool should be a priority for most families. You will know what to work on, what your children have learned, and where you need to go after a goal is met. Goals can help keep you and your kids accountable!

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings.   She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Setting and Keeping Homeschool Goals

As the 2014-2015 school year ends, it is a great time to take a look at the goals we have set for ourselves and our children. Homeschool goals are important to have because they help keep you and your kids on task for the year. It also helps you see at a glance how far each child has progressed, and what areas you may need to work on.

Now, I am not one who plans far ahead. However, I do set a few goals each year for each child. Here is an example of what some of our goals may be:

Child 1 Child 2 Child 3
Master long division Complete 30 speed drills in a minute Learn primary colors and basic shapes
Learn basic computer skills Start cursive handwriting Begin tracing name

 

How do I Set Goals?

Setting goals does not have to be hard or serious. Sit down, make a list of what you think your child needs to know and what you want to teach. This is really simple the first few years. But can get complicated once your child gets older.

If you are not sure what goals to set for your children take a look at the standards in your state. These will give you an idea as to what the other children in your state are learning. You can find this by simply typing in “State standards for…..” and then search by grade.

Pinterest also is a great resource for finding basic information about grade levels, what a child needs to know, etc. Another great resource and one of the books I recommend EVERY homeschool parent own is Rebecca Rupp’s Learning Year by Year. This book breaks down basic information that children should know each year and includes resources to help you teach it. I typically set around 10 goals for each child.

How do I Keep Goals?

After I have set the goals I have for my children, I put them on paper or on a spreadsheet. I   then come back every few months and mark of those we have mastered. This lets me know where we are, and what I need to focus on. I can also add new goals as I see fit.

If you have a hard time finding time to work on certain skills set aside a day just to focus on one goal. We did this with one of mine who had a horrible time learning to tie her shoes. We worked on it for about an hour until she completely mastered it. But, I had to mark off other items on the list and focus on just THAT goal.

Setting and keeping goals in your homeschool should be a priority for most families. You will know what to work on, what your children have learned, and where you need to go after a goal is met. Goals can help keep you and your kids accountable!

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings.   She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.