Are you about to start your first year of homeschooling? I can relate more than you know! I was once in your shoes when we first started homeschooling. There will be ups and downs, but I know you can rock it with the right tips.
How to Rock Your First Year of Homeschooling
Go with the flow
I know saying “go with the flow” is always easier said than done. However, things will not always go like you planned, you have to learn to go with the flow. While you can have a schedule in mind, you can still go with the flow and keep things moving in the right direction. Remember, the wind does not break a tree that bends.
Nor will homeschooling break the one that is flexible. 😉
As a homeschooling mom, you have to plan ahead. Not everything has to be perfect, but having an idea of what’s going on is a smart idea. Get a virtual calendar or a physical calendar that will help you write your ideas and plans out. The better organized you are the smoother your days are bound to go.
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Do your research
The better prepared you are going into the first year of homeschooling, the better off you will be. I’d spend some time researching the grade level your child is going into. Research helps you prepare yourself for what lies ahead. I also would take a close look at the state standards set by your state, so you can align your homeschooling students with what other children their age are doing.
There are a ton of homeschooling resources on Amazon!
Remember that one of the beauties of homeschooling is that you can set your own pace!
Step outside of the box
You don’t have to model yourself off of any other homeschooling family out there, you can feel free to do your own thing. My kids are most successful when I do what’s best for them and not what’s best for other people. Stepping outside of the homeschooling box will allow you to teach your child the way they need to be taught.
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Join a local support group!!!
I can’t tell you the many benefits we have reaped from having joined our local homeschool support group. From bouncing ideas off like minded individuals, to participating in group field trips, to even participating in a cooperative teaching group — having a local homeschool support group is priceless!
Whether you’re starting with preschool, or you’re transitioning an older student to a homeschool setting, you can rock your first year of homeschooling!