Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom
Are you in need of a few back to school tips? Or maybe just some encouragement to distract you from reviewing piles of curricula and workbooks?
One of the things that has made my homeschooling life much easier is gathering wisdom and guidance from families further along the educational journey. On those days when I think, “Am I doing this right? Am I screwing this up?” it gives me confidence to hear of someone else’s triumphs.
As you prepare, both physically and mentally, for the start of a new year of homeschooling–consider these tips and reflections from moms in the trenches who write here at Simple Homeschool.
The Slow Immersion Method
Wise words from Jessica of Life as Mom:
“Going from lackadaisical summer days of Pokemon and endless book reading to seven hours of wall-to-wall school work would send my children into shock, much like when you jump in a cold pool on a hot day. Just the idea of it would send them into Major Balking Mode. (That is a real term, I’m sure.)
Instead, we get our feet wet little by little. We start with a few subjects the first week, add a few more the next week, add in the rest during the third week. And by this time, they’ve gotten re-accustomed to the waters of schoolwork and it doesn’t seem like such a shock to their systems — or mine.”
The Beauty of “Life School”
Wise words from Amida of Journey into Unschooling:
“At this point in our homeschool journey, back to school really is a big whatever. Gone are the big plans, as well as the dread. There is no longer that impending sense of doom that this year, we have to finish this book or that lesson and everything had better be good.
We have finally reached the point where there is not much of a separation between home and school — it’s just… our life.“
A Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Wise words from Renee of FIMBY:
“I’ve accepted that my children are not going to have a well rounded education by many measures. But they love learning, they love creating, and they love life. They are being given the foundation they need to carry them through to become life long learners.
If they really want to know something as an adult that they did not learn in our home (which in reality is many things) they’ll have the enthusiasm and skills they need to learn it on their own. I am confident of this.”
Focus on the Atmosphere
Wise words from Jena of Yarns of the Heart:
“Don’t forget that plain old play is quality education. Your kids don’t have to be doing something “educational” all the time.
It’s the climate, not the day to day weather that defines your homeschool.”
A Blessing for the Mamas
Wise words from Stefani of Blue Yonder Ranch:
“So, whether you navigated the carpool line this morning, or whether you’re a new homeschool mama, with her lists and painstakingly researched curriculum, or whether you’re an unschooler waiting for your kids to wake up with the flood of questions that will inspire lots of new learning adventures, or even if your “schooling” is some combination of all of the above, bless you.
Bless you for the heart and soul, love and concern, time and energy that you are investing in the young minds that are next in line for great things.
Bless you, and bless the little ones (and not so little ones) in your care. May they inherit all the magic and wonder of the world.”
Do you have any back to school tips or encouragement to share? Don’t forget: You have until Saturday at noon EST to enter our back to school giveaways from Oak Meadow, FBS Books, and Willette Designs!