A Simplified Life: Homeschooling

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There are moments I wish I could be in several places at once. This way, when I am homeschooling my kids, I could stand by each one of them and help them with their needs. Then I would still be free to get things done around the house.

While it may be summer time, this might be the perfect opportunity for me to sit down and figure out an easier way to balance my kids’ learning; since being in several places isn’t reasonable and being in one place can be stressful enough without trying to be in five!

When first beginning our homeschooling adventure, we went through Homeschooling 101. We needed to understand what the Lord was wanting of our children’s education, what the state required of us, and what educational options were available. Having a firm grasp of just these three areas helped us simplify our learning journey.

Even though we’ve been doing this for a few years, we still spend a great deal of time in prayer over each coming year. Through God’s leading, we plan our year.

Our first step in planning each school year, is to narrow down what our yearly schedule will be. This helps us determine when we will be learning, when we will be resting, and how much time we have to complete the materials. Next, we plan our weekly routine. Do we plan to do book work every day of the week; are certain days better for field trips or nature walks; and which day works best for library visits? Once our yearly schedule and our weekly routine are organized, we move on to planning our daily routine.

With a general plan in place, we move on to details. We determine which curriculum each child will need, adding it to our curriculum shopping list. We plan how the materials will be used and how to organize our learning day. We finalize these plans with a course of study for each child. Once the plans are in place, we have fun shopping for all our homeschooling needs and organizing our resources.

With a lot of prayer, and a few basic steps, we can simplify our homeschool year, taking the stress out of learning, and leaving room for fun, family, and memories.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
Proverbs 9:10

🔔Time to Chime In: Is planning your homeschool year a challenge? What is the most difficult part of homeschool organization? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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10 thoughts on “A Simplified Life: Homeschooling

  1. This was our first year homeschooling. I spent a few hours here and there planning, perusing and printing. We rarely followed my plans so I learned to enjoy going with the flow. With God’s help it ended up coming together in a wonderful variety of learning experiences that amounted to a great year!

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  2. I’ve discovered after 4 yrs with my now 15 yrs old that setting daily goals and allowing him some off days with the rule that it must all be done by the end of the week works beautifully and he takes responsibility for making it up. The struggle has been finding programs that work well for his learning style for science and history. I am grateful for a Parents Night Out group where we shared curriculum ideas and think I have a plan that will be good to try. I’ve learned the signs when it’s not working and am willing to do so.

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  3. I like when life is scheduled with routines. It’s hard for me when things don’t go my way. With kids it seems like needs change from day to day. Creating enough margin for flexibility is my challenge.

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  5. I need to get better with setting plans and routines ahead of time. Luckily my oldest is only 3, so I still have a little time to figure out what I’m doing and how best he learns. Thank you for so many great ideas!

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