Good planning is the foundation of a good year. Ready to begin wrapping this one up and focusing your energy on planning the year ahead?
We have several guides available that can help:
For those who are already educating their children at home, our Summer School for Mom series focuses on preparing for the next year. We cover:
- Laying a foundation.
- Creating a learning environment.
- Exploring the common homeschool methods.
- Setting goals.
- Choosing materials.
- Creating schedules.
- Evaluating progress.
Everything you need to be fired up and ready to go when school starts up again in the fall!
For those new to homeschooling, try our Step-By-Step Guide to homeschooling. Here is a preview:
- Step 1: A Few Basics
As with anything new and exciting, the inclination is to jump in with both feet. Before heading down the fast track to burnout, learn a few things from those who have “been there, done that.” By educating yourself, you’ll begin your homeschool journey on the path to success!
- Step 2: A New Framework
Most of us have deeply rooted concepts of learning and education, based primarily on our own educational experiences. But rather than automatically replicating that system at home, we have an opportunity to begin at the beginning: redefining education.
- Step 3: A Learning Environment
With a bit of imagination, your home can be transformed into a wonderful learning environment. Most importantly, it can be a place where children are free to experiment, discover, and learn in a nurturing atmosphere.
- Step 4: Develop Your Approach
Sure, it might initially be easier to grab a package of material and go; but how do you know it will take you where you are headed — unless you know where you are headed? Developing your own approach to educating your children at home does require an investment of time and a willingness to learn. But the long-term benefits for parents, children, and home life are definitely worth the investment!
- Step 5: A Road Map
After setting goals for each child, these milestones and the order in which they are approached will become your personalized learning road map.
- Step 6: Managing Materials
With such a variety of homeschooling materials to choose from, how do you know what will work for you? Find materials to meet your needs.
- Step 7: Smart Scheduling
A schedule guides us in our efforts to meet our goals when things run as smooth as a well-oiled engine…and when the train runs off the track! Creating a workable schedule takes planning, perseverance, and flexibility; but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
- Step 8: Evaluating Progress
Evaluating progress always starts by identifying a child’s needs and laying out a road map to reach specific targets. With the child as the focus instead of performance, assessment can occur in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.
You may also find our Helps for New Homeschoolers helpful. Thoughts — encouragement, pitfalls, and areas of focus — for those just starting out, from one who has finished up!