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Posted 1/31/17
Vickie Turner

Homeschooling can be challenging, rewarding, frustrating and the most joyful time of your life. As tough as it can be at times, your children will receive the best education possible through homeschooling.

8 Homeschool Tips To Make It Even More Awesome

Whether you are new to homeschooling or a veteran homeschooler, there’s always something new to discover. Homeschooling is awesome and we want to help you make it an even better experience!

Awesome Homeschool Tip #1

Textbooks are important but they should not be your only tool. There are many different mediums for your children to learn. Consider newspapers or blogs. Current events can be the start of great discussions, so have your child read articles as part of their lessons. Having them read different materials will help them to get a more well-rounded education.

Awesome Homeschool Tip #2

Make life a learning activity. These lessons are vital and can pay off later in life. Pay attention to how your children communicate and make necessary corrections. Get them to help cook dinner so they learn how to do measurements. Your child will pick up these skills quickly and benefit from this diverse education.

Awesome School Tip #3

Connect with other homeschooling families and go on group field trips together. That will be fun, and your children can hang out with other homeschoolers too. It's also a great way to cut back on expenses since group rates are always much cheaper.

Awesome Homeschool Tip #4

Homeschooling provides the advantage of teaching your children in a personalized way. If they are visual learners, you can teach them with charts and pictures. Tailor made lessons will ultimately facilitate your child becoming a well-educated individual.

Awesome Homeschool Tip #5

Where in your home will your children do most of their learning? You will need a location where your children can be comfortable, but has minimal distractions. It’s helpful to get a small desk and make sure your child has enough room for the different activities you plan on doing. But, don’t worry if you don’t have the space for it! Learning can take place at the kitchen table, in the living room or anywhere! (I’ve been known to dictate spelling lists while the kids where sitting on the stairs!) The most important thing is to make sure the kids are safe and comfortable.

Awesome Homeschool Tip #6

Get household help! Ask the children to help around the house, or hire someone to help. You cannot do everything. Cooking, cleaning, shopping, childcare and homeschooling will leave you drained. You don’t need to be a superhero, here. If help is offered, take it!

Awesome Homeschool Tip #7

When teaching your children, provide them with hands-on lessons. If you are teaching about other cultures, immerse your family in the ways of that culture by preparing meals from their and watching movies relating to it. When learning about Russia, making borscht and cabbage rolls would be a good idea. If learning about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you can teach them how to make cannolis. Engaging children on all sensory levels makes it easier for them to learn and retain new information more effectively.

Awesome Homeschool Tip #8

Estimate your potential costs and establish a realistic budget for your homeschooling plans. You can plan a budget for the year, if you know what materials you will require and what kinds of field trips are in your plans. Save money by shopping at used book sales and using the library.

Bonus Tip: Before making a big curriculum purchase, ask around your group of homeschooling friends to see if they have a copy you can borrow for a few weeks. This way, you know, for sure, if you and your children like the curriculum before investing in it.

Homeschooling is one of the greatest adventures you and your children will have. Remember to take a deep breath; know that some days will be frustrating and some days will be amazing. Most importantly, know that you can do this!