Are you getting pumped up with excitement for an awesome school year? As you reflect on where you have been in your homeschool journey so far and where you want to go as your plan for the upcoming school year there is much to think about and plan. Keep in mind these 10 ideas and make it an awesome school year for your family.
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3 Must-haves for an awesome homeschool year.
- A solid foundation of mission, priority, and goals for your homeschool this year.
- A resource for choosing the best curriculum for your family.
- A community for fellow homeschoolers that understand your challenges and rejoice with you in your accomplishments.
More awesome-ness! That’s what we all want this year, right? Here’s to the best school year yet!
10 Things To Remember For An Awesome Homeschool Year.
Don’t compare your family with others.
Your family is unique. Strive to be the best version of yourself and inspire your family to do the same.
Spend time getting to know your kids before starting formal lessons.
If you are new to homeschooling. The idea of de-schooling and getting to know your child better in light of this new routine will be invaluable. Invest now in quality time together to reap the benefits of the joy found in learning together.
Remember, you know your kids better than any teacher.
There will be days where you will have to trust your gut. Keep in mind that you truly do know your kids unique gifts, challenges and what inspires them to become passionate about learning.
Do what is best for your family.
When in doubt, keep your family values, goals and dreams first priority.
Find support that is real.
Seek out veteran homeschoolers and join a homeschool group. There may be lonely days. Days that will make you want to hang up your hat and call it quits. Don’t do it! Find your tribe, seek out the wisdom of veteran homeschool moms. Oh and, if you are able, maybe stay away from negative people until you get your bearings.
Go into your new homeschool year with confidence.
It might be bumpy at first, but start off with great new tradition that you can carry from one school year to the next. Whether it’s first day pictures, park day when everyone else is sitting in classrooms, or whatever your family calls fun! Kick-off your new school year making great memories.
First-time fear is normal, and we’ve all be there! Just hang in there, breathe, PRAY, and own it!
This isn’t just for homeschool newbies. There’s always a new phase, a new challenge or a new curriculum. And there is always prayer … You got this, mama!
Focus on learning, not grades, at least until high school.
Instilling a love of learning at a young age is so vital to a lifetime of learning enjoyment. Grades can come later.
Give yourself time to figure out what really clicks for both you and your kiddos.
Homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time to understand your child’s needs, wants and desires when it comes to learning. It will come back to you 10 fold in enjoyment, excitement, and laughter…lots of laughter!
As you keep these truths in mind, you may find that you are longing for community. A sisterhood, if you will, that will journey alongside you. A place to be real, to be encouraged, inspired and to learn together. You were not created to homeschool alone.
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Shannan is a wife, mum, and saved by grace child of The King. Her home base is in Scotland, where she homeschools her two kids (age 10 & 14) and learns on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is a classical style home educator living out her God-breathed dream of raising her family in Europe. She’s passionate about many things, especially helping others learn on location using the world as their textbook. She encourages you to pursue your God-breathed dream, no matter what it is! You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.
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