Are you ready to start homeschooling? Many families choose to homeschool their children for many various reasons. Some reasons include providing children with a specialty education, providing an advanced education, parents’ work time may conflict with public school schedule, or simply not wanting to send kids to a public school.
Whatever your reason is, it is valid for your family needs. Homeschooling can be an amazing experience.
Before you take you start homeschooling, you must set a homeschool schedule in place. A schedule will keep everyone on track. If there is no schedule, many goals may not be achieved and you may run into a lot of stressful situations.
1. Create A Family Planner
Creating a family planner ahead of time can be very helpful. It can help you visualize your overall family schedule so that you can start filling in your homeschooling hours.
Although many families decide to homeschool during regular school hours (for example 8am-3pm), some family cannot follow such schedule because it may conflict with other family plans. Some parents may be working night shift or swing shift, some children may have extracurricular activities or other engagements throughout the day.
Once your family planner is up, you can simply go through and fill in your homeschool hours.
2. Plan Out Individual Lessons
Once your overall homeschool hours have been set, you can start filling in individual lessons. Each schedule will vary based on on the age group, specialty education, advanced education, extracurricular activities.
Preschool lessons are easier to set up since there is no state regulation. Once your child is kindergarten age and up, you will have to check with your State requirements to find out exactly what type of education is expected. You can check Homeschool State Laws Here.
3. Combine Home/Extracurricular Activities With School Activities
There are many instances in which you can combine certain activities that your children do throughout the day with their school work. By doing so, you can save extra time in your day for fun activities.
For example, you can combine cooking, sewing, cleaning with a home ec credits, or gymnastics, soccer with physical education credits. You can go to a museum or a zoo and combine that fun experience with a biology or history credits.
Remember, it’s not all about books! Kids learn so much by observing and participating.
Great Tools To Use To Set Up A Homeschool Schedule