Tips from a Homeschooler

We've been educating our Tribe at home for some time so I have some tips that may help you through this season.  Who knows?  You may even have some fun!

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  1. Find a schedule or that works for your family.                                                                                                       If it works better for you to do all of the subjects in one day, do it!  If your child does better doing just a couple subjects a day, that's okay too.  Some of our homeschool friends do school every day, and some double up to take days off.  It's very flexible.

  2. Ask your child what they want to learn about.                                                                                                     They may say dinosaurs, the ocean, or the weather.  They may say the origins of dolls, dance,  princesses... who know?  Ask them!

  3. Use what they want to learn to your advantage!                                                                                                       If they hate math make it more fun with something they are interested in.  If they are into dinosaurs, do "dino math"{google it, your welcome} or if they are having trouble reading, read them a book about something they are into.  In my homeschool years, I have learned that it's unnatural to force a kid to read before they are ready so don't push too hard Mama.  Unlike in a traditional school setting, They have to live with you for a long time :) 

  4. Utilize online curriculums                                                                                                                                            They are available and amazing!  It doesn't make you a failure to use programs that are already in place. It makes you smart.  Try them out until you find one that your child loves.  I have a list of resources available on the next page.

  5. Separate younger and older children for more concentrated work.                                                         Younger children want to do school too so put them on an educational "preschool" video while you work through problems with the older children.  Another strategy I've used in the past is "school boxes" which included a special activity for a younger child for 30 minutes to an hour.  It could be a learning activity, a simple puzzle, or a montessori activity.

  6. Finally, use "real life" opportunities to teach your children.                                                                       Cooking with measurements is a great way to teach math, fractions, and sometimes science.  Have a family budgeting meeting to go over "money", counting, budgeting, etc.  The more you can apply what you are learning to real life, the deeper children understand concepts. 

Learn more about our homeschool journey,, resources we use, and how we make projects more fun{and less stressful}!