I remember the smell of my elementary school library and brand new books fresh off the press at the annual book fair. My love for books was sparked as a young child when first my mother, then my school librarian, taught me the beauty of being taken far away from my home on an air force base in Greatfalls, Montana to civilizations and lands I’d never known.
The magic that transformed my bedroom to a castle was what made family storytime the best time of the day for me.
If you’re not a morning person by nature, beginning each homeschool day may be a struggle. You don’t really want to get up, and by the time you do, your kids are up and raring to go—and you just want a hot cup of coffee and a shower.
But, the homeschool day needs to start, and when you’re up before your kids, things go much more smoothly.
Do you have a child who makes a career of avoiding math? Do they wiggle, squirm, and whine?
Here are ten tricks you can use to encourage your children to complete their math in a fun and timely manner.
1. Set the timer and race the clock
My mom taught me this method to get math done when I was a little girl taking my own sweet time over each and every math problem.
Families who first embark on the journey of home education often wonder how to create homeschooling goals.
Thankfully, homeschooling is an educational option that allows for much flexibility in how your kids are taught, and gives you, the parent, the freedom to manage your children’s learning paths. Managing your children’s education, nonetheless, is quite the undertaking. With a few simple, goal-planning steps in place, your family will be better prepared to direct your homeschooling journey.
Homeschool scheduling is about finding your starting point and matching your family's own groove.
For example, when my boys were preschoolers and toddlers, my goal for the day was to shower and have some meaningful reading activities for my oldest son. Insanity was thinking I had to get my homeschool started at 8:00 a.m. when there was no need to. Fast forward to the middle and high school years. My sons now start their homeschool day closer to 8:30 a.m., independent of me.
I made the mistake of taking away screen time because I felt like my first grade son’s hatred for writing was about attitude.
Now in retrospect with one son who has graduated and two others in upper grades, I know writing is more about aptitude than attitude. I wish I could turn back time to erase my mistake of crushing the spirit of my energetic son.
Change is not a favorite among children. One may argue that adults don’t often love change much either. As such, parents need to prepare to transition their children from public to homeschooling. Part of that preparation will be for the parent and part of it for the child. This will be a big change for both of you. However, it can be a very exciting one.
Be clear with yourself about why you’ve decided to homeschool. There are undoubtedly legitimate reasons you’ve decided to homeschool your child.