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Game Plan On!
Now that the holidays are over and a new year is here, it’s time to review your game plan. Weight loss or perhaps starting a business may be on the top your list. Then there’s the biggest decision glaring at you.
You’re going to start homeschooling this year.
By the way, good for you!. I know the decision wasn’t easy, but when we decide to put our family first, we are setting our children up for life-long learning.
Before you choose a curriculum, buy yourself a dry erase board, or join a co-op, there are some things you have to do to prepare for this journey. Like players before the big game, you have to get in the zone. I’m not talking about pumping yourself up to teach; I’m talking about a game plan to set you and your kiddos up for success!
The Game Plan
- Forget what everyone else thinks
- Mom’s lesson plan
- Kids’ lesson plan
- How to make it work for you
- Don’t compare yourself to other moms
Forget what everyone else thinks
First of all, if you forget everything else written here, always come back to this one. I can’t express this sentiment enough. Other people’s opinions will kill any if not all hope of moving forward.
Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, but please don’t give anyone else the right to decide if it’s for you. If you need a little push check out my FREE ebook. I included a couple of pages for you to write down your why. When things get hard and they will trust me, go back to your why.
Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s
Over the holidays, I met with a Facebook group of homeschoolers in my area. Long story short, I was late getting there because I was caught on a long phone call. Then traffic was a nightmare and I’m not the world’s most patient mom when I’m fighting traffic with a cranky six-year-old in the back seat.
When I got to the woman’s home the first thing that caught my eye was her organizational chart. It was color coded and planned out for the month. Needless to say, I felt a like an amateur.
You know why I felt that way? Because I am an amateur. She’s been at this for years and I just started 3 months ago!
I was also in the middle of selling our house, finding an apartment, and getting my 21-year-old down the aisle by December 31st. The point is your journey is going to be different so before you start to doubt your abilities, give yourself permission to learn, fail, and succeed, repeat, in that order!
Mom and Dad’s Game Plan
Now it’s time for action. Planning is an essential part of homeschooling. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Once upon a time, you could turn the TV on PBS and children were able to learn numbers, colors, and letters. Today’s TV has thousands of choices and not all of them good. Don’t get me started on the Internet.
The good news is that these are still good resources if you’re starting out. There are free and low-cost curriculums. There are awesome Facebook groups who offer phenomenal support to new homeschoolers.
With that being said, you want to take a look at your current schedule to see where you can get learning in. Unlike public school, you don’t have to drag your children through eight hours of learning. Depending on their grade level, you can teach them what they need to know in half the time.
Your Child’s Game Plan
Where does your child excel? Where does she struggle? Do they love or hate to read?
Create your child’s lesson plan around their needs. Public school is all about testing which is why lots of children get pushed through without grasping the important content. Teachers have to pass a certain number of students to hold on to their jobs.
It’s a vicious cycle of education that caused me to pull my son out before they had a chance to ruin him. His ADHD causes a lot of problems, but I believe it’s going to be his greatest asset. I created a schedule that has more physical activity and less rigor.
Keith retains more information even when we take a break, he’s able to remember and focus on new things. We are constantly amazed by his observations and what he says.
How to Make It Work for You
Finally, create a system that works for you. Your schedule may not look like mine. You may want more Bible-based teaching where I want to explore another spiritual avenue.
My point is to do what works for you. You can’t move forward while standing still. If your heart is calling you to homeschool your kids, then do it!
They’re growing up fast in a world that has more negative influence than good. I’m not saying keep them in a bubble, but give them the real tools they need to survive and thrive in the world. Teach them things that a standardized test can’t.
How about you? What did you include in your homeschooling game plan? Share in the comment section.
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