Revisiting Homeschooling 101

Homeschooling101On occasion, I have the pleasure of advising families who are new to homeschooling. We  talk about how to begin setting up a homeschool routine and the basics of a good education. Rather than frustrate them with long notes to take, it has been suggested I write these ideas down and make them available to everyone who might be interested.

Below, you will find a list of links to a few posts which help remove the stress, confusion, and misdirection that often comes with new territory.

As you read, please be in continual prayer about where the Lord is leading your family. Our goal is not to dictate your coming school year, but merely to come alongside you on your journey. May you find this information helpful and edifying:

“In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
~Philippians 4:6

Your Turn!: Perhaps you’ve been homeschooling awhile. What is the best piece of advice that was given as you launched into your learning adventure?

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7 thoughts on “Revisiting Homeschooling 101

  1. Would you recommend having homeschool days in between Christmas and New Year? I find it hard for my kid to come back to our regular routine after New Year when we go on holiday break.

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    • We take three weeks off for Christmas to New Year, choosing to focus on hands-on learning. We do a lot of crafting, gift making, volunteering, and the like. We are learning, but not through workbooks.

      I believe the change is good for the kids, and myself. Trying to maintain a formal routine in the midst of a multitude of activities leads to stress and overworked schedules. And that is not healthy for any of us. Coming back to a formal routine can be a challenge, but after a few days we fall in line and get back in the swing of things.

      Perhaps a “lightened” routine during that week would be of benefit. Instead of doing everything, focus on a few areas which you would prefer not to let go. Arithmetic and a few other areas of study which will make the day seem shorter without losing too much ground. It’s a win-win!

      Great question!

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      • Thank you! We’ll try to do more hands on learning during the holiday season this time. Really appreciate it 🙂

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  2. The best advice I got when first starting out is I do not need to follow a public school schedule. When beginning 6 years ago, I got it in my mind we had to still be doing what they are doing in public school for my son to get a good education. I quickly wised up from that and learned it really is ok and heathy to deviate. Being flexible with your schedule is also extremely important. There are so many amazing ways to teach and learn, not just through workbooks/textbooks. Those opportunities sometimes pop up unplanned, and it’s ok to roll with it.

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