September 12, 2013

5 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING

I wanted to do a post on 5 things I have learned about homeschooling so far. We are just barely a month in to our first grade and preschool year, but so far it is going great! Last year was our first year homeschooling. If you are new to homeschooling then you know what I mean; there are a lot of uncertainties and wondering if you are doing everything right etc. My advice would be to believe in yourself and in what you are doing and know that you know your child better than anyone else.

Now we have had a good year under our belts, the wrinkles have been ironed out and we are ready to rock this school year! 

1. FLEXIBILITY

I know...I know this one was really hard for me my first year, but it's true you have to have some flexibility in your homeschool schedule. Our first year we did school at the same time everyday and very rarely did it change. This year we have been doing school basically at the same time everyday but some days we have to do school in the afternoon because I have to be at the dairy early or the kids have Dr.'s appointments.  The days we do school in the afternoon I usually have Brother do his math homework in the office while I am in and out, he can do that more independently and it works out just fine.



I read this great article about What Homeschooling Looks Like and how homeschooling looks different for everyone. Some people have homeschool rooms, some work on the kitchen table, library or if your older maybe you go to Starbucks. I love this article because what homeschool looks like to her changed as time went on, you change houses or you have more money to spend on homeschool supplies. There is no right or wrong way as long as they are learning.

2. STIGMAS

One of the stigmas that revolves around kids being socially awkward if they are home-schooled is ridiculous. Some kids can be socially awkward and go to public or private schools too. What I am getting at is just because a child is being home schooled doesn't mean they lack socializing skills. Now I do not mean kids that have documented speech delays or a diagnosis that hinders their socializing skills. My daughter has developmental delays and documented speech problems so I know what I am talking about. I just have to laugh about it when people ask if they get to socialize, as if they are in a locked cells all day long! These days their are on site classes they can take, homeschool co-op groups you can join for play dates or field trips. They can also play community sports for your local Valley-Wide. 

Okay...I am done with my rant!  

I found these shirts online and I just had to have them! I love the sarcasm in it too! I got one for Bryce and Madison.


This is mine!


Aren't these shirts awesome? 

Lets face it we can all be a little weird at times but that just makes us who we are and I wouldn't change a thing.

3. HAVE FUN!

We are implementing a lot more fun into the mix this year through sensory play, arts and crafts, field trips and getting involved in on-site events. You have to have more fun with the kids in the school day and that is one of the beauties of homeschooling.  Or how much you want to clean up that day!

Sensory play is so important because they are just kids, they need that time to just make a mess and feel different textures and make experiments.


Arts and Crafts are an important part of school too. These days in public school they don't have a lot of time in the day to devote to arts and crafts or it is a big undertaking for the teacher when there is only one of her and 30+ kids to help out. We have a whole bunch of fun fall crafts coming up!

Field trips are important to actually learn while being involved or surrounded by what you are learning. We have a couple planned that I know Bryce is going to love.

4. HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Now with doing homeschool you can spend more time on Language Arts and Math than traditional school but you have to know when enough is enough. I know we spend a bit more time on L.A. and Math and that is what you can do when homeschooling, but knowing when to stop and not push to much is the key.


I read a great book called, 10 Mindful Minutes, and it explains the importance of brain breaks. Brain breaks are when a kid needs a break from learning. Take a 10 minute recess, go take a walk or change it up. That is the beauty of homeschooling you can take recess early or say, "you know what we did enough school today." 

5. FOOD

With homeschooling your children have access to food all day long. So it is important to have good healthy options available that are going to fill them up and not let them have a sugar crash 30 minutes later.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It could be a yogurt parfait or a fruit smoothie with a little plain Greek yogurt for some protein.


With Bryce I have been filling his lunch pail up in the morning and if he wants a snack or lunch he can pull from his lunch pail. I can control what he is eating and he knows that if I eat all this now I am not getting anymore until afternoon snack. 

We never really had a problem, but this year they are hungry all the time! 

Again, these are just things that I have learned in my short time homeschooling and I am sure I will learn sooo much more as the years go on.

Major props for parents that have been homeschooling for many years and especially more than one child!

Thanks for stoppin by,

Jade



      





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