Helpful Homeschool Tips

Every homeschool journey is unique. That's such a beautiful thing!

 

You can work out what works for YOU and YOUR family. This took time and changed a lot for us over the years.

 

I thought I'd summarise a FEW of the things that I think may be helpful to others. I plan on having an article up soon to talk in more depth about each of these points but for now, I've made a little list and will put up a simple line of explanation underneath each one.

HAVE A FAMILY VISION

: Think about what you value and what you hope to achieve through making the decision to homeschool your children

CREATE DAILY/WEEKLY ANCHORS & RHYTHMS

Think about your day/week. What things anchor you? What are some of the regular rhythms you have? Thinking about rhythms rather than schedules can take the rigidity and stress out for many people. 

YOU ARE FACILITATING LEARNING

As a parent, ALL of us are facilitating learning. This happens from when our children are toddlers all the way through their adult life. We help them access the information they need to learn.

HELP THEM LEARN TO LOVE LEARNING

If our children LEARN HOW to learn and if they LOVE TO LEARN, they can almost anything in their life!

SCHEDULE IN TIME FOR REST & FUN

What can you do for rest for yourself, for you as a couple and what rest does your child need? How can you celebrate being a family together?

GET TO KNOW YOUR KIDS, YOURSELF & YOUR SPOUSE

Do you know how your child learns best? What makes them tick? Taking the time to know them and know yourself (and your spouse!) can help reduce the strain and overwhelm.

REMEMBER THAT EVERY MOMENT AND EVERY ACTIVITY HOLDS THE POTENTIAL FOR LEARNING 

Unlearning many of our ingrained expectations around conventional schooling means that we have to let go of some old ideas like 'true learning' happens only around text books. Being industrious (ie doing family chores), cooking in the kitchen, playing team sports, board games, attending a homeschool co op event, writing letters, watching tutorials, dreaming, reading and PLAYING is learning! All of these things are learning!