A successful year of homeschooling is important and this is 0ur first day of the year…. Just to admit really quick…I am a procrastinator. Getting everything prepared the week before, or even the day before would be great for me. But. It doesn’t happen. Matter of fact, it has never happened. As far back as I can remember there have been people telling me to not wait to the last minute. Yet. I do. Time management has never been my forte.
This first day always starts like every first day where the kids are excited and not focused. Even though my schedule was in front of me expediting efficiently was not working. Papers were everywhere and not much got done. On a quick break my thoughts went into other homes….were they unorganized the first day?
Most homeschool moms are exhausted because they have done their prep work and set up the first day for success. It takes time for each mom to prepare and create a time management plan to suit their needs. Without even a sketch of how the day will flow is hazardous. Kids really know when there is no plan (wink).
Yes, the kids will still be restless and asking to go play every 15 minutes but they have had complete freedom in the summer. It is an adjustment to get back into the groove of school. Still, something had to change for me to not lose my hair by the end of the week.
My list of TTD’s were still laying on the top of my homeschool planner. I grabbed it and looked to see what I needed to accomplish because now I was behind. It is never a good feeling to be catching up. Goals for the year were incomplete, lesson plans had not been prepared, and the bottom line was….I procrastinated. But on the other hand we had a great summer!
A Successful Year In Homeschooling
- Make a list. Then schedule time to do the list.
- Don’t wait to the last minute to start the list.
- Look over each subject. Get familiar with the teaching style.
- Read the introduction to the book.
- Read how to do the lesson and create a plan for that subject.
- Organize all sensory bins, manipulatives, papers, school supplies etc. in a closet. Have everything read to grab quickly if needed.
- Plan lessons out at least for a month.
- Discuss the homeschool decisions and lessons with your husband. This really takes family involvement.
- Pray for the homeschool year.
I may still be a procrastinator in a lot of areas, but at least I learn from my mistakes. Homeschooling is not an area that can be put off. It has to have some kind of structure….especially the first day! What does your first day look like? Has it been planned? A lot of moms could weigh in and help us who struggle with time management. Go to my facebook page and throw out some helpful planning hints.
Gaining ideas and help from others’ will help anxious new homeschooling moms, as well as veteran mom.
To close the academic year and to start the renew homeschooling years, I would like to recommend the legendary and original homeschool bundle sale, Omnibus 2016. Training videos, cd’s with advice and many other helps are available in this sale that will help any exhausted mom.
This sale will only last for a few days so don’t delay. Buy the tools necessary to have a successful homeschool year!
Click on the image to go directly to the sale and purchase your homeschool help for the year! It really will allow you to be more prepared than last year and it IS a great deal for the money!
FACTS AT A GLANCE
- 90 total resources
- for homeschoolers by homeschoolers
- total value is $420
- cost is $25 (with $9 DVD add-on or $11 thumb drive add-on)
- cost is just 6% of the value
- PDFs also come in Kindle/mobi format (where appropriate)
- sale runs 10 days from April 29 to May 8, specifically 12:01 AM Eastern Time, April 29 to 11:59 PM Pacific Time May 8.
- Files will be available online only until 11:59 pm Thursday, June 30.
- Files on Thumb Drive or DVD will be shipped on May 31.