1. KEEP A SCHEDULE, BUT BE FLEXIBLE.
Each day I have a schedule in mind. For example: School starts at 9:30. Starting with the hardest subject first which for us is math then wrapping it up with the easy classes. Breaks are scheduled in, and I allow my children to have input on their schoolwork. They understand that each day daily work has to be finished. Flexibility comes in with allowing them to choose if it is done on school hours, or during their free time.
2. SET A TIMER.
Time wasting will happen so I set a timer for each class. This helps them to keep on track, and me. If we are struggling in a class and it will take longer, and I can have one on one time to work with them.
3. START SCHOOL IN THE MORNING.
Its ok to be flexible and start after a field trip sometimes, or schedule a doctor’s appt. in the morning. But I feel like we are more fresh and ready to do school in the morning. Starting at 1:00pm is difficult for us because by that time we are all ready to be done for the day and move on to other interests.
4. DON’T DO OTHER THINGS WHILE THE KIDS ARE DOING SCHOOL
5. SCHEDULE BREAKS
Breaks are needed and necessary. 10-15 minutes every hour helps everyone stay focused.
6. HAVE A STOPPING TIME
In the beginning our homeschooling went quite slow. There were nights that I was homeschooling at dinner time. As time went on, a quick realization happened that this had to stop. I had to set homeschool hours. We stop officially at 9:00 and stop at 3:00pm. After that, I put on my housework hat and get to work.
7. HAVE A WRITTEN SCHEDULE
Have a schedule. A written plan on a board, poster, piece of paper, or somewhere so everyone can follow.
Failing to follow a schedule can cause unnecessary frustration. Everything begins to pile up and chaotic.
Homeschooling has become such a blessing to me, and I can’t imagine ever going to work again! I love my job, and my payment is the bundle of kisses and joy that I receive.
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