Homeschooling is an amazing calling that has so many benefits. I love the extra quality time I get to spend with my children. I enjoy watching my kids light up when they retain something new. It’s amazing, and I’m so grateful I took the leap into the world of homeschooling, but it’s also really hard. Each day is different. Some days my kids are ready to learn and listen, other days they are tuning me out and staring at me like I’m the teacher from Charlie Brown.
My sanity is tested daily as I try to check off all of the tasks on our to do list. I’ve compiled some helpful tips to survive the wonderful, yet challenging world of homeschooling.
Find a solid curriculum you ALL love.
When we first chose to switch from public school to homeschool I researched curriculum for months. I read articles, ordered sample lessons, and watched endless YouTube reviews on dozens of curriculum choices. I wanted something in depth and engaging. I ended up choosing a pricey all inclusive curriculum that I knew we’d love, or so I thought. As soon as we dove in to our new lessons, I knew it was not the right fit. My children all have different learning styles and I chose something a bit too… bland. Thankfully, I was able to return it, but I was back to the drawing board with my search. After more research I ended up with a super engaging concise workbook style curriculum and we love it! It was also a third of the cost of the first one. Trust your instincts with curriculum and never be afraid to search for what works for everyone.
Focus on where your children are, NOT where they should be.
This was the biggest source of relief when I finally started to grasp this concept. My kids are all different, and they learn at different speeds. It was so helpful for me to realize that I don’t have to make sure they are at a certain level, my goal is simply to teach them to retain knowledge. My plan is to prepare them for life and for them to continue to progress academically. There is no race to a finish line. There is no “falling behind” or “struggling”, there’s only moving forward and working on their strengths and weaknesses at their own pace. It’s a beautiful thing.
Use real life to teach.
I love to teach fractions while baking. My kids love to explore outside when we learn about science, or play games to learn certain skills. So much of learning can be incorporated into your average day. Whenever we get into a funk, this is the fastest way to make learning fun again. Try to incorporate learning into your everyday life, it will give your kids the message that life is all about constantly learning and it doesn’t always have to be with a pencil in hand.
Add fun content.
Our curriculum covers all of our subjects. It includes Math, Science, Language Arts, Bible and Social Studies, but every day I like to add in something on my own as well. My boys love science so often I will add in something to go with our science lesson like an educational video, nature lesson or a crossword puzzle. My kids love crossword puzzles and it’s a great way to get their minds warmed up before jumping into fractions or phonics.
*I’m including a fun and free printable Easter themed crossword puzzle below courtesy of Education.com.
Help this Easter bunny answer clues in this fun filled crossword puzzle! Check out Education.com for more reading and spelling activities!