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The 3 Homeschool Tips That Will Ensure Smooth Sailing
The homeschooling waters can get a bit choppy at times. We’re sharing some homeschool tips that will help you—the captain of your homeschool ship—create a more calm and enjoyable journey for the whole family!
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase smooth sailing. It’s all about making progress without having to constantly deal with the things that can sink you.
“Easy progress… The smooth in this idiom alludes to calm waters, free from big waves or roughness, a usage dating from the late 1300s.” (dictionary.com)
No doubt, the homeschool waters can be a bit rough at times! Storms blow in or the toddler does—those little hurricanes may be cute, but they often have the force of nature behind them.
Don’t worry, though! We have some homeschool tips that will help you get your homeschool calm back.
Tip #1: Take the Time to Plan
You may think, “But I don’t have TIME to plan!” The truth is, you don’t have the time not to. Without a plan it’s so easy to stay busy without actually getting the most important things done. So set aside a weekly time to plan, prepare, and schedule your week. You can learn more about what to include in your planning time and tips to make it super productive in our article, How to Be Mega Productive with a Homeschool Planning Day. (You’ll want to publish this one after the Homeschool Planning post so you can link to it obviously.)
Learn more about using planning for your homeschool:
- Why You Need to Use the Best Homeschool Planning Printables
- How to Master Homeschool Planning Even When You Think You Can’t
- Now is the Time for You to Master Homeschool Planning
Tip #2: Start the Day with Morning Time
The beginning of your day sets the tone for how the rest of the day will go. For many families, starting with Morning Time is the perfect way to get going. Homeschool Morning Time connects families as you work on a few subjects together first—such as reading aloud, nature study, art, music, or learning games.
Tip #3: Don’t Make Hands-on Activities an “Extra”
Most kids seemed designed to do. Often we see these types of activities as supplemental, or something extra that we can add to make learning more fun. And learning is more fun when we incorporate hands-on learning experiences.
But notice the adjective before the word experiences: learning. Kids will learn more, and retain the information better, when they are actively involved in the process. Although it may take more planning on your part—and the tip about homeschool planning above will help with that—the rewards are worth it! Your kids will learn more and you’ll cherish the memories you make along the way.
Learn more about using Hands-on Activities for your homeschool:
Homeschool On with These Homeschool Tips
With these simple homeschool tips, you’ll sail through the day and enjoy the journey. When the hard days come and the waves begin to pound, you won’t need to abandon ship.
Instead you can calm the waters and sail on—or in the case HOMESCHOOL ON!