If it’s your first year of homeschooling, everything can feel overwhelming. Nobody said homeschooling would be easy, but we all say it’s worth it! Here at Abeka, we understand the stress and concerns and want to help you out.
Here are some tips and advice to get you through your first year of homeschool.
Staying organized is one of the best ways to reduce stress and stay focused. Start by keeping a daily planner of everything you want to teach and accomplish that day. Lay out your child’s work for the week on the Sunday before. Separate by each subject and use a different colored folder for each. At the end of the week, keep the papers together using a paper clip so you can keep track of everything they have done.
Try different schedules
The best part about homeschooling is that you can create a schedule that works best for your child. Starting at 8 a.m. might work great for children, but it’s not ideal for everyone. If starting early in the morning causes frustration with your sleepy child, try starting 1 to 2 hours later. If your child gets burnt out during the middle of the day, take a 30-minute break. There’s no right or wrong schedule when it comes to homeschooling.
Don’t try to control everything
It’s easy to become frustrated when your day doesn’t go as planned. Each day holds new challenges that are not always controllable. Don’t worry if the lesson didn’t go as planned or the project didn’t turn out quite right. Nothing is perfect with homeschooling, but that’s what makes it so unique.
Use Abeka’s resources
Abeka helps take the stress off of you by providing resources to make your homeschool journey easier. Abeka Academy offers video lessons that can teach your child in every subject or just the subjects that you aren’t that confident in. Abeka Academy Academic Helpline features education specialists that can explain a concept further for your child or help them solve a problem.
Join a homeschool group
Join other homeschoolers in your area to provide support for each other. Other homeschool moms can provide teaching resources and other homeschooling tips and advice. These groups also give your children opportunities to socialize with other homeschool kids.
Keep it fun
Look for creative ways to make learning fun. Younger children might enjoy songs that help them learn a poem or Bible verse. For older children, have them dress up for a career day of what they want to be while you teach them facts about the career and the industry.