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12 Homeschooling Tips from Mom Who Has Been There
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Homeschooling brought me great joy over the years. It was a great bonding experience with my sons. I got to watch them grow both spiritually and academically. However, there were times when I struggled and wanted to throw in the towel. These tips helped me along the way to stay the course and finish strong. My prayer is that they will help you as well.

Homeschool Tip #1:
Start each day with prayer. Days go much smoother when I start with prayer. I would gather my boys, and we would pray together before they started on their lessons for that day. I would make sure each of us would take a turn praying during the week. It was important for me to remember that is was the Lord who gave me the strength and means to homeschool, and I think it helped my boys to remember that the Lord would help them get through their lessons.

Homeschooling Tip #2:
Pray and ask the Lord to give you a theme verse for your homeschool. This is the verse I go to and meditate on when I am having one of "those" days. It reminds me of why I am homeschooling and helps me to press forward.

Homeschooling Tip #3:
Remember the curriculum is a tool to help you. Make the curriculum work for you, not you or your child work for it. The curriculum tool gives you options that allow you to best meet your child's need to learn and grow. You are in charge!!!! Keep the activities and lessons that work best and eliminate things that will bog them down. This is one of the beauties of homeschooling.....making adjustments to a curriculum that you like that best suits the needs of each individual child.

Homeschooling Tip #4:
Remember that homeschooling is more than just academics. Sometimes the academics are put on hold in order to character train, serve others, or learn life skills. This is an integral part of homeschooling!

Homeschooling Tip #5:
Celebrate the end of your school year. Homeschool support groups might do an event as mine has done in the past or you can do something with just your family. I give my sons pins every year to commemorate a skill and/or character trait from that year. I get these from Keepers of the Faith. You can give awards or special gifts. Be creative. This year we are going to go out to a nice dinner and I am going to present the pins then. I find this is a huge encouragement to my sons and a keepsake of their school days!

Homeschooling Tip #6:
Find some extracurricular activities for your children. Mine have participated in the city baseball league, piano lessons, Junior Optimist Octagonal International (JOOI), Gavel Club (Junior Toastmasters), Community Robotics, and choral class at community college. All of these will look good on their transcripts and allows them to build skills along with relationships with others.

Homeschooling Tip #7:
If you can, go to a homeschool convention. Conventions help to renew your spirit and drive to homeschool. There are sessions to help with information you need, as well as ones to help you improve as a homeschool teacher, as a parent, and as a person. The sessions were such an encouragement to my heart.

Homeschooling Tip #8:
Remember to have fun and make memories!!! Go on field trips, do some fun projects, have a pajama day, snuggle with a read-aloud on a rainy day, do school outdoors, etc. Be creative! While this season of life seems like it is long, it truly is not! Before you know it, they are graduating! The memories will be a blessing to both you and your child when they move on to new adventures!

Homeschooling Tip #9:
Set a time to grade or look over your child’s school work. You will evaluate them daily as you teach lessons, but you also have set time to check over independent work daily or weekly to help ensure that they are mastering concepts.

Homeschooling Tip #10:
Make sure that you set up a daily routine or schedule. This helps you to stay moving through the school day and helps your children to know the expectations for each day.

Homeschooling Tip #11:
Find a support group of some sort. Having other homeschool moms to talk with is very helpful to gain ideas and have support when you struggle. It also gives your children a group of other children to hang out with as well.

Homeschooling Tip #12:
Remember to guard your time. It is okay to say no to activities and social events. You can’t do everything that comes along. Be wise! You know your children best, so choose the activities and social events that will benefit your family the most.

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