When I first started homeschooling I had no idea what I was doing. I worried that I would fail, that I could not provide my kids with everything they needed to learn. I read every book the Fort Riley Library had on homeschooling and ordered even more. I had my Pinterest account packed with homeschooling ideas before Pinterest was even cool. Yep, I had to WAIT on the waiting list to get my account. I made mistakes, I learned a lot, and I tried enough curriculum to make a librarian-run for the hills. I had days I threatened to pack the kids up and put them on the school bus, and I have had days I have literally thrown in the towel and canceled EVERYTHING. It was all worth it. Every moment of stress was matched with a dozen moments of joy, pride, and simple happiness. If you are thinking about homeschooling here is where you can learn some of the basics on how to homeschool.
Note about this series: I have decided to try something different. While each post will land on the front page of the site in order over the next 10 days every post is live right now waiting for you. Some will be tweaked but for the most part, if you are finding this you can dive in now and enjoy the entire series, share it with friends and family, and you experienced homeschool moms can leave your own tips and advice in the comments. With love ~ Jenn
Day 1: Is homeschooling right for me?
With today’s turbulent time’s more and more parents are asking themselves this same thing. The best way to discover is homeschooling is right for you is to take a closer look at what reason you have for some schooling and the fears that make you question your choice. From if you are smart enough to teach your child to how to homeschool PE. Join us to explore the question all parents have when decided if they will homeschool their child Is Homeschooling Right For Me?
Day 2: Transitioning to homeschool
After you decide to homeschool you need to think about Transitioning to Homeschool. This is your chance to foster a lifetime love of learning in your child. All to often we forget that the major advantage to homeschooling is that it is different from traditional schooling. Here are some tips on how to transition into homeschooling whether it’s your first year out of public schools or you haven’t even started yet.
Day 3: Blending your Own Educational Style
It takes time to find a learning style that fits every member of your family. It took time and a whole lot of grace to figure out what worked for us. A great way to make the most of homeschooling is to throw the rules out the window and blend your own educational style that fits everyone’s needs.
Day 4: Exploring Homeschool Curriculum Options
One thing we learned while on The Homeschool Review Crew was that the world has a LOT of homeschool curriculum options. Wading through it can be a scary thing at first. Finding what works for you and being willing to walk away from something that is not goes a long way when it comes to homeschool curriculum. Check out a few options and how they worked for our family as we explore homeschool curriculum options.
Day 5 The Importance of Field Trips
One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is the field trips. Field trips are so important for helping kids learn and develop and homeschooling allows children so many more great experiences. Learn how to plan and arrange homeschool field trips. Check out what the value of filed tips really is and grab our free homeschool filed trip planner and long.
Day 6 How to afford to homeschool
The finances involved with homeschooling can scare new homeschooling parents away. The good news is that you have control over how much you spend and with planning you can homeschool for next to nothing with these simple tips anyone can use to afford to homeschool.
Day 7: Homeschooling a Challenging Child
Some children are harder to homeschool. Often the ones that need homeschool over traditional schooling the most can leave parents questioning if they can handle the job. Homeschooling an ADHD child is such a stress on parents but over the years I learned some high energy tricks for helping families homeschool ADHD. Even if you are unsure your child has ADHD you can use these tricks to homeschool difficult children.
Day 8: What counts as a homeschool day?
Many new homeschool parents are shocked to discover that it clearly doesn’t take 8 hours a day to homeschool. They wonder what kids are doing in all that time in school and think they are missing something important at home. the truth is homeschooling takes less time because you don’t have all of the time suckers like standing in line or waiting for classmates to quiet down. You will be discovered how much really counts as a homeschool day.
Day 9: Turning your home into an educational environment.
Creating a school at home situation may be satisfying in the beginning but it is not really sustainable. Building your home into a great educational environment can be easy and fun encouraging learning through life. Check out these simple tips for creating a learning environment in your home.
Day 10: Practical Advice for Homeschool moms
Homeschooling is tough. Join these homeschool moms for their best advice for new homeschool moms.
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Homeschool Tips for Moms
We are not the only ones sharing 10 days of amazing homeschool tips for moms. Join these amazing bloggers as we share our journeys, struggles, lessons, and successes with homeschool moms. Follow the links below to find other topics from seasoned homeschool moms out to make homeschooling a little easier for you.