Homeschooling has always been something that I considered for my children, but I was always just waiting for that “perfect moment” to make it happen. Then along came 2020 and the notorious Coronavirus pandemic. I, along with many other moms, found myself abruptly forced into virtual learning and homeschool for my two daughters.
I didn’t panic. After all, I had been saying forever that I wanted to start homeschooling my children. I just couldn’t stop procrastinating and finally take that leap. So life forced me to take that leap. No biggie.
I will say that suddenly becoming a homeschool principal, teacher, student, etc. is quite a challenge but I found some really awesome ways to ease the pain. And even if I’m not technically a homeschooling pro, I definitely have a few great tips for other homeschooling parents. So let’s get to it.
One of the most important things you can do for your sanity during homeschool is to get organized. I highly recommend using an academic planner to keep both you and your child on top of things. You may also want to get a teacher planner of your own to boost productivity and to keep track of special events and lesson plans.
Whatever you can do to get organized while homeschooling, DO IT. This means organizing not just your thoughts, but the workspace as well. You can check out these tips for more tips on how to organize your homeschool room. There are also several steps you can take to create and organize a small homeschool workspace.
You Don’t Have to be Scholar
Believe it or not, you don’t need to be a genius or hold a fancy college degree in order to homeschool your child. You may have even been the student that absolutely despised school. None of that matters. What matters right now is that you make a commitment to support your child throughout their homeschooling journey. This will be a learning experience for both of you.
Connect with Other Homeschooling Parents
One of the best things you can do for yourself when homeschooling is to connect with other parents who are doing the same. This is a great way to learn about new resources, tips, and suggestions. It is also a wonderful opportunity to just socialize with other parents navigating a similar experience.
Be Open to Learning
As I mentioned earlier, this will be a learning experience for both you and your child. Just remain open-minded and don’t be afraid to modify your plans along the way. You may find that one thing works better than another and it’s okay to make changes. Ultimately, you will find what works best for you throughout the journey.
Remain Calm and Be Patient
Lastly, STAY CALM. Whatever you do. DO NOT PANIC. It’ll be okay. It’ll all work out. You will run into challenges and you will also run into solutions. Just breathe.
Hopefully, these tips provide you with the guidance you need to create a successful homeschool environment. I’m still working through challenges myself, but I like to share what I’ve learned to help my other homeschooling parents out. Feel free to share your own tips in the comments below. I am sure we all have so much more to learn.