Are you just starting out or maybe thinking about homeschooling? Don’t be intimated by the process or let fear get in your way. Most other consultants or blogs will tell new homeschoolers to first tackle the subjects and courses you want to teach, or even tell you which curriculum to buy. I’m here to tell you something different. Homeschooling starts way before that big box curriculum purchase. Beginning with a strong foundation and goals in the home, is essential to homeschool success. Before you even begin planning your homeschool year, let’s look at 5 tips for setting homeschool goals.
These 5 tips for setting homeschool goals will get you through the hard days, and help grow those strong roots for many years of homeschooling success.
1. Set your personal goals.
That’s right. Personal goals. Selfish? Absolutely not. As your child’s primary teacher (and likely primary chef, taxi driver, scheduler keeper, working mother and resident laundry washer), what are yourpersonalgoals for the year? Is it to have patience, or maybe to write that book you’ve always wanted to? Maybe it is to go to the gym or take that painting class you’ve been dying to try. Maybe it’s to advance your career while continuing to homeschool. Whatever it may be, be sureYOURgoals are attended to. You are important. You cannot be your best for others in your life if your goals are pushed aside.
2. Self-care every single day.
Self-care becomes even more important when you homeschool, because as moms and teachers, we tend to put everyones needs ahead of our own. You cannot be the best you can be for your family if you don’t take care of yourself.YOUcome before laundry. Your body, your mind and self worth, all come first.
3. Create your family goals.
Personal goals and self-care. Check.
What goals do you have for your family? Is it more family time or meals together four times a week? Is it family movie night, or stronger connections with your kids? Maybe you and your spouse or partner need some time alone to reconnect because life has been crazy. Make it happen and have every family member contribute. There is no “I” in team.
4. Do what needs to be done.
Doing what needs to be done does not mean laundry or dishes, or getting your car serviced. What I mean by this is use whatever resources you need to make your homeschool work, and dismiss anyone who gets in your way. If a wall chart of times tables is working for your kid, but everyone says you shouldn’t use it — don’t listen to them. Sometimes a class outside the home is a good match for your child, or if you only homeschool on weekends and it’s working—do it. Your child may enjoy bouncing on a ball while reciting fractions in a pouring rainstorm. Embrace everything that works! The joy of homeschooling is using whatever means necessary to help your child, be the best they can be. Pull out all the stops, and do what you need to. Toss out what isn’t working and don’t let anyone tell you what’s best for your children.
5. Ask for help.
That’s right. Ask for help. No homeschooler needs to be in this alone, ever. None of us need to be alone in anything we do. We all get stuck from time to time, whether it’s figuring out a homeschool schedule, or choosing curriculum, or teaching a particular subject. There is no shame in asking for help when you are trying your best to pull all the pieces together. What greater example of learning for your children is there, than when you ask for help?
Homeschooling can seem daunting but referring back to goals and spending some extra time on self care during those rough days, can make a world of difference.
5 short steps that will make a world of difference in your homeschool and lead you to brighter, easier days.