2 simple ways to transform your Homeschool
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So I wanted to share these 2 simple hacks that completely transformed my homeschool into a more positive & relaxed environment, which is priceless for new homeschool families.
Hack 1 : Reinvent the way you use your planner. (Use it as you would a diary)
I know all the pros say to gather your planner and curricula at the beginning of the school year and get to planning. Well this is true in the sense that homeschool is not something to "just wing", however, filling out your planner at the beginning of the year can truly turn into a very negative experience fast during your beginning stages as a homeschool parent. You've heard the saying, " If you want to make our creator laugh, tell him your plans" I'm sure, well this is SO very true. In my experience, what happened to me when I made plans and filled out my planner a whole year ahead, was that two or three months into the school year, my planner would look messy, a complete scratched out & scribbled out hot mess with sticky notes and pieces of paper taped over the original plans.
It was a frustrating struggle to keep up with my planner. I felt bullied by it. Every time I opened it up, it was a reminder of everything I SHOULD have done but didn't. I felt defeated and all the doubts I had about being able to do this homeschooling thing would come rushing back. Every. Single. Day.
Not only that but it was completely useless as it was ALWAYS inaccurate.
So I started to use my planner backwards; Meaning I would fill it out AFTER our homeschool day as a way of simply recording our subjects and lessons accomplished FOR THAT DAY. It was such a confidence booster to finally, after 2 years, open up my planner and see accuracy, accomplishments instead of failed plans, advancement in our homeschool instead of constantly being "behind", neatness instead of mess and chaos, and looking forward to make my entry in it every day instead of avoiding it. This simple action removed so much unnecessary stress from our homeschool.
Hack #2: Use Filler Subjects
Again, I created this out of necessity. I was having a problem that most new homeschool moms have. Idle time or wasted time in our homeschool. It was SO awkward and again, would bring such a negative vibe to our space.
I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 boys doing 3 different grade levels, 8th, 6th and 1st.
As you can imagine I'm sure, 1st grader needs one on one time with mom to do his independent work. This would present itself a problem when my 2 older boys are done with independent work and ready to move on to group work, which we do collectively as a family, because I wasn't quite ready. It would create these awkward and boring moments in our homeschool where the boys are just lingering around waiting for me to be ready. Not only that but I'm also and entrepreneur, which means sometimes I MUST take a phone call or answer emails when we're in the middle of homeschooling.
Enter Filler Subjects. Filler subjects basically learning disguised as a "fun pit stop" or break before moving on to something else that requires me to teach the boys. I created them to fill in time gaps in our homeschool routine.
I include learning apps, such as Duo lingo & Math ninja, game apps like word search puzzles & spot the difference puzzles, Netflix education shows, YouTube art channels, Yoga sequences & meditation apps, doodling, journaling (fun quirky journals like this one) amongst other things, in order to keep them busy & entertained while I buy myself time to wrap up whatever is keeping me from moving on. The boys call this phase of our homeschool routine Pit Stop while I call it Botox - get it?
I include learning apps, such as Duo lingo & Math ninja, game apps like word search puzzles & spot the difference puzzles, Nexflix education shows, YouTube art channels, Yoga sequences & meditation apps, doodling, journaling (fun quirky journals like this one) amongst other things, in order to keep them busy & entertained while I buy myself time to wrap up whatever is keeping me from moving on. The boys call this phase of our homeschool routine Pit Stop while I call it Botox - get it?
Let me know if you give these a try & what things you've done to turn things around in your homeschool.
I hope this post inspires you to keep trying & keep positive in your homeschool journey.