Planning a new year of homeschooling can be exciting and overwhelming. Before you begin planning, check the requirements in your state for each grade level. Make certain that any plan you create satisfies those requirements. Deciding on the method (or combination of methods) of homeschooling you would like to pursue and knowing your children’s learning styles will make planning easier. Once you have these basics covered, use the three tips below to get started.
Be Hands-On – Visit a few local homeschool group activities to see if any are a good fit for your family. Talk to other homeschoolers and ask what types of resources they recommend. Find out which groups host used curriculum sales and when. If possible, attend a homeschool convention. You will have an opportunity to hear a variety of speakers and a chance to browse through a ballroom filled with homeschool materials from hundreds of exhibitors. Seeing items in person and being able to speak to people knowledgeable about what they are selling can make all the difference.
Organize Yourself – Pick up a planner made specifically for homeschooling – there are 100‘s of options – or make your own from a large three-ring binder. You’ll want a calendar, a section for each child, a section with a list of materials you own, a section with a list of materials you’d love to find used and a section to note recommendations from others that you might like to use in the future. The nice part about making your own organizer is that you can add and subtract sections as you need.
Get To Know the Online Homeschooling Community – There is no need to reinvent the wheel when you are planning your homeschool year. Thanks to this digital world we live in, today there are numerous resources available at your fingertips. Check out online message forums, do an internet search for homeschooling blogs and take advantage of the generous families who have gone before you. You will find an unlimited number of homeschooling resources and ideas on Pinterest. Thanks to the many families who have gone before you, you will find complete lesson plans, general advice, encouragement on the days you need it and much more. Relax and jump in. You will make mistakes and adjust your plan throughout the year – it’s okay, everyone does!
One extraordinary woman, from an extraordinary family was able to look at her own small boy, and know in her heart, her soul and in every way possible that the so called experts were wrong. She pulled her son from the special need classroom to which he had been assigned. The one with the teacher who had a sympathetic smile. And she changed his world.
Not every Child is a Jacob Barnett. He has an IQ that is higher than that of Albert Einstein. So not every child with a diagnosis will reach the same heights as Jake. But Kristine has the unique ability, the empathy to find the passion in others. The spark that will set them on their own pat to success. Their own success. She also has the wisdom to know that love and family, time and play are vital to these, and to every family.
Day by painful day, Kristine worked to connect with her son until the fateful day when she discovered what worked for him, and the rest is history. Jacob still may not tie his shoes, but he spends his thoughts and energy on more important things like astrophysics! Homeschooling won’t hinder your child’s path to success. With proper planning and nourishment, it can even pave the way to his greatness!