Since we are talking about Home Management for the Homeschool Mom in this series, we cannot ignore the fact that we need to manage our school day. In many ways, how we manage our school day will affect every other area of our home management.
Can’t get the school work accomplished?
Good luck getting dinner on the table!
Stressing over the homeschool year?
Good luck getting a good night’s sleep!
Wondering how you can possibly give every child in your home exactly what he or she needs?
Good luck tackling other areas of your home that feel overwhelming!
I truly believe if you can get your homeschool under control, you will see that success spill over into the rest of your day. I also believe homeschooling is one of the most rewarding and most difficult things a family could ever do.
One reason it is so difficult to manage your homeschool is because there is no one perfect method of homeschooling. But, there is one singly perfect Foundation of homeschooling and that is Christ.
We must be convinced to homeschool for the glory of God rather than the glory of random human standards or the glory of our own aptitude as a home-educating mother.
Once we have established why we homeschool, the HOW ends up in its rightful place – secondary.
Let Scripture be your standard. Study Proverbs as an educational manifesto. Then stand every curriculum you encounter next to it and use biblical discernment to choose what is right for how your family will be glorifying God through the endeavor of homeschooling.
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Now to the nitty-gritty of actual homeschool management.
However, because I could never flesh all this out in one post, I’m going to give you some basics on how to get your homeschool day on track.
1. Prepare without overplanning. I use pen and paper when I’m doing my long-range planning and later I transcribe it to Scholaric
The name of the game here is to give yourself flexibility. Don’t let the plan lock you in!
2. Make the day to day easy on yourself. Again, Scholaric is a favorite tool around here because even the children can take care of inputting assignments and such. Additionally, I choose to take each day as it comes. I have a overview of what I’d like my homeschool day to look like, but I refuse to race around completing an arbitrary agenda when God might be leading us elsewhere that day.
And don’t forget to make meals easy on yourself during homeschool hours!
3. School the littles first! If you don’t purpose to teach those littlest ones first thing in the day, it just doesn’t seem to happen.
4. Teach toward independent learning. I cover this extensively in the ebook, but suffice it to say the sooner you teach your children to own their work, the better. They will develop a desire to learn that supersedes anything you could manage to spoon-feed them.
5. Work from essential to non-essential. Always order your homeschool day starting with the things you feel you absolutely cannot miss to the things that can be put aside if need be.
6. Plan a fun day. Never seem to get those “fun” homeschool moments in? Plan it all into one day! Your children will declare it the best day ever!
Ultimately, the goal of you homeschool day should be to bring honor and glory to God. Pray about what the Lord would have you do with your day. Bring your questions to your husband and work through this together. And then, as with everything else we’ve talked about in this series…test it and tweak it!