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Preparing for a new school year can be stressful. There are lesson plans to be made, trips to be mapped out, supplies to be bought and the list can just continue to go on and on. However, there are 6 ways that you can prepare for a new homeschooling year and cut some of the stress.
We can stress all the way to the beginning of the school year ultimately continuing the stress all throughout the year or we can focus, breathe, devise a plan and execute. Here are a few tips that I have learned on my journey.
6 Tips to Prepare for the New Homeschooling Year
- Breathe and pray: Momma, you got this. You know what your children need and God is on your side. Trust Him to show you the path that you should take. Pray over your children and their upcoming year. Don’t forget to also pray for yourself as well.
- Pick out your curriculum: This part can take a while. Make note of all the subjects you need/want to cover. Allow yourself time to research the various curriculum keeping in mind that every child learns differently. There are tons of homeschooling groups that are great places to turn for suggestions. Not to mention it is always nice if you can gain some insight from other homeschooling families.
- Set realistic expectations: Once you start planning, be realistic. Allow for wiggle room, extra time for the concepts that your children may struggle learning, sick days and well life. Also, keep in mind that though we need goals to work toward that ultimately you may not make all those goals. Instead, make stepping stones.
- Search for ways to make things fun: This is so important no matter what age group you are teaching this year. Children and teens bore easily. Come up with games to make concepts come to life (hello Pinterest), play board games that encourage learning, and set aside movies that will help drive home those concepts.
- Allow your children some input on some things that they would like to learn: They can be in charge of the read aloud portion of your day, unit study selection, or even certain topics they want to study in various subjects. Allowing them to have a say actually helps them become excited and will then cause you to become excited.
- Remember the why: We all started homeschooling for a reason. Be it because we felt a calling from God, we wanted more input on your child’s education or whatever your reason was. Write it down, put it somewhere that you can reflect on it often. These reasons why will help you prepare for your new school year and they will help you even have a successful school year.
I pray that you all have an amazing new school year. That you will remember that ultimately God is in control and that you and your children can do this.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,