1. Laundry Piles will AccumulateThe number of laundry piles you have does not correlate to success or failure in homeschooling. It has been said that when homeschooling is going strong the house is a mess. I am never one to say you have to chose between a clean house and homeschooling. I will say that lived in homes get lived in. Do not be too hard on yourself. Find a routine that works for your family. Believe it or not, routines give you wings, not clip them.
2. Learning Styles are a Need to KnowSomething that does correlate to homeschool success is your knowledge of your child's learning style. Learning styles are key elements in choosing curriculum, homeschool method, and your teaching style. When learning style and teaching style clashes it will be disastrous but when in harmony a symphony will occur.
3. Your Homeschool. Your Schedule.Plan your year as it fits your lifestyle. For instance, if December is particularly busy for you due to holidays, take the entire month off. Make up for those weeks by having a shorter summer or spring break. Maybe you don't need an entire week off for Christmas but would like a longer spring break, Easter break, summer or need a long Memorial Day weekend. If you have an unpredictable lifestyle than plan your year but not all your vacations up front to accommodate last minute visits from grandma and grandpa or three day vacations. Your homeschool should reflect your family's lifestyle. If you try to insert a schedule that places stress on our family everyone will end up frazzled. Relax and plan a year suited to your family and increase your ability to have a successful school year.
4. The Naysayers will have their say, just sayin'The homeschool naysayers always find a way to get a word in edgewise. Just remember, you didn't ask their permission to homeschool and you don't need it now. Remain confident in your decision and wear a big smile on your face.
5. Don't Lose Sleep Over Curriculum Choices.The first step is to breath. The next step is to find a curriculum that suits your child's learning style. Curriculum choices are not set in stone. Even veteran homeschoolers chose a program that does not suit their homeschool every now and then. Ask homeschoolers for advice and read reviews to get a good start. In the meantime, you may want to consider purchasing a boxed set to get your year going.
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Under the Golden Apple Tree: Curriculum Review
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