When you decide to homeschool your kids, it is a big deal. Your whole life is going to change in a good way. However, starting out can be a bumpy road because you have never been down this path. Have no fear beginner homeschoolers, these homeschooling tips are for you!
7 Must Know Tips for Beginner Homeschooling Families
When I was thinking of homeschooling, and even as we transitioned into making the decision to homeschool I was a mad woman in reading everything and anything when it comes to homeschooling tips. If that is you WELCOME! Please let me know what help you need!
Now I want to share the seven tidbits I learned along the way that I think are important for you to know.
Set goals for your family
Beginner homeschoolers have so much success awaiting them. When I first started homeschooling, I set goals for my family. For each kid, I sat down and wrote out goals I would like to see my children accomplish. Of course, these were flexible goals.
Don’t make homeschooling boring
I can tell you that you can make learning fun again, don’t make it boring. Take field trips and have fun with teaching your kids. You don’t have to be serious all the time. One way we love to switch things up is taking something my kids are interested in and turning it into a unit study.
Meet other homeschoolers
One of the best things you can do for your family is to meet other homeschoolers. Knowing you’re not alone in this journey is important. Check Facebook for local groups, and see if your city or state has any local groups. Also ask around at your local library and church for groups that meet. Many tips these groups are homeschool co-ops other times they are support groups that organize field trips.
Learn as much as you can
As the homeschooling teacher, don’t be shy about learning. Read books and study ways to homeschool your kids. There is no shame in an adult continuing to learn. In fact, it’s exciting for your kids to see you learn as well! Homeschool conferences are a great way to do this and connect with other homeschool families! This year we attended Teach Them Diligently and the Great Homeschool Conventions and loved both!
Stay as organized as possible
It’s so easy to get out of hand with disorganization when homeschooling. One of my main tips for beginner homeschoolers is to stay as organized as possible, and you will thank yourself later. This is why we love the idea of color coding your homeschool and our 10 easy ideas for organizing your homeschool. I love using a homeschool mom binder to help keep me even more organized on paper!
Explore your hometown
The best resource for your homeschooling journey will be your hometown. Look to see if there are co-op opportunities available. You can also look up the different resources available such as the library, museums, and any other place that encourages learning. When we enter a new town, this is one of the first things we do.
Keep your attitude in check
Homeschooling is always a balancing act. I can tell you that nothing will ever be perfect. Your house may be a mess, but as long as your kids are happy—it is all good. Attitudes can get out of whack when homeschooling, it’s your job to make sure everyone's attitude stays in check, including your own.
Homeschooling is such an incredible journey. You get to be the one that shapes your child’s hearts and minds for the next several years. Do you have any tips for beginner homeschoolers? I’d love to hear your homeschooling tips!