Seven Essential Habits to Improve Your Homeschool Day

By Anna Lowell

Apr 17

Are you suffering from homeschool fatigue? Would you like to improve your homeschool experience?

Here are seven habits that have helped me and my children stay focused when the year starts feeling long.

Do you want to improve your homeschool experience? Here are seven habits that have helped me and my children stay focused when the year starts feeling long.

 

1. Organize Those Papers!

My day goes much smoother when I have easy access to lesson plans and a system for collecting, grading, and organizing paperwork for the next day. I set aside a specific time in the evening or morning to do the necessary correcting and filing of paperwork. This has kept me from literally drowning in a sea of school papers.

2. Start with Prayer

Morning prayer and Bible time (and a cup of tea!) are a must to help me set my attitude for the day.

Are you suffering from homeschool fatigue? These seven habits will help you and your children stay focused when the year starts feeling long.

3. Block That Schedule

I have recently switched to a time block schedule where each activity/school subject is given a specific time block. This new schedule system has helped my family to get motivated, to make time for extra-curricular activities, and to use our time realistically.

Are you suffering from homeschool fatigue? These seven habits will help you and your children stay focused when the year starts feeling long.

4. Use Multi-Tasking Cautiously

I do use mulit-tasking while homeschooling. In a “traditional” classroom, the teacher is constantly walking away from one student to help another. Each student is expected to stay on task and to attempt to problem-solve on his own. Multi-tasking mindless activities such as folding laundry or painting my nails keeps me on top of household chores while also fostering independence in my children. (Not that painting my nails is a household chore.)

On the flip side, balancing the checkbook, answering e-mails, or getting on facebook while homeschooling only seems to waste time and increases frustration levels for both me and my kids. My children immediately recognize when I am distracted and lose focus themselves.

5. Don’t Answer (the Phone) 

Think what would happen in a traditional classroom if a teacher answered her phone and proceeded to talk for thirty minutes. Enough said.

Are you suffering from homeschool fatigue? These seven habits will help you and your children stay focused when the year starts feeling long.

6. Advance Your Own Learning

Rather than encouraging your child to learn a new skill, try learning one with him. Children should see by our example that they can learn at any time of life. It is good for them to see us struggle with learning, make mistakes, and overcome obstacles right beside them. So, buy two violins, make a commitment to study a second language together, or enroll with your child in karate lessons.

Try instantly changing the mood in your home by playing some happy music for homeschoolers! These 21 Songs are sure to lift your spirits.

7. Examine Your Attitude.

Often I can become exhausted and frustrated with homeschooling. At times, I need to step back from the never ending spelling lists and multiplication flashcards and remember why I chose to homeschool in the first place.

Homeschooling is one of many options for educating children. Every family’s circumstances are unique and will change from year to year. Don’t be afraid to revisit your options as you seek to do what is best for each member of your family.

If you feel that homeschooling is still the best choice for your family right now, pray that God would change your heart to enjoy educating your children once again. Choosing to have a positive attitude about homeschooling may be the most important change you can make.

Which of these habits do you struggle with the most? What changes are you going to be working on in your homeschool routine? I would love to hear from you. Please scroll down to comment.

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These posts were so helpful - I am going to be referencing this often!  This article has lots of helpful advice on creating a homeschool schedule that actually works! I am definitely trying some of these ideas! 

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