If you want your older children to get a grip on homeschool organization, well, whether they are new to homeschooling or not, it is doable!
All homeschool moms’ dream about their children becoming architects of their own destiny starts with a well-thought-of homeschool plan, of course!
If you are looking to becoming a centered, organized homeschooling parent, nurture happy, independent children and want to create smooth, successful homeschool days, then you are in the right place!
Let me know in comments what you know about this topic, what you have applied, what you have tried that worked, what you have tried that didn’t work and if you have any questions as we get into this training.
In this training, we are going to focus on home learning tips for older students (upper elementary and middle school).
As you watch or listen to this training, know that you will be able to get more information than what is included in this blog post.
I really want to encourage you to take the time to watch or listen and take notes.
This will be helpful to you now and in the future.
I will be addressing these points to the students, so feel free to share them with your children or read them out loud to them.
#1 SET YOUR SPACE
Find an area in your house where you can sit comfortably and focus.
Make it separate to your relaxation space. Ideally away from a TV screen or other distractions.
Organize all of your homeschool supplies in the school room so you don’t have to waste time collecting things from all over the house.
This simple step is going to save you time and you will be able to finish your work faster.
Remember: procrastinating is not a good thing.
You are simply making an undesirable thing take longer to complete, but it will need to be completed anyway.
It’s better to just get it done.
#2 TAKE NOTES
Stuck in an online lesson, zoning out?
Note-taking keeps your mind engaged.
If you have been a homeschool student for several school years or since the extended school closures began, you will need to develop note-taking skills.
This is going to keep you focusing on the topic, engaged and you will also be able to remember more.
And what you don’t remember, you will have notes to refer to!
#3 PLAN YOUR DAY
If you have one, follow the schedule provided by your parents or teachers.
If you just have a list of things to study, break it down into tasks and plan to do the hardest ones when you have the most energy.
When you are in the homeschool room, be sure that what you are doing is school work.
Try to avoid hanging out in that same room all day.
You will want a change in scenery and environment, so go work there and then move on.
Plan your day so you can be done and move into other parts of the house.
#4 LESSEN DISTRACTIONS
Harness your imagination and picture how great it will feel to be done with this task.
Lock your phone away if you need to… don’t be afraid to ask your parents to intervene so you can get things done.
Get all of your family obligations and chores out of the way.
And go into the room where you do your work without anything that will distract you.
It will take time to adjust, but wouldn’t that also be a great incentive to finish your work faster?
But do it right, otherwise, it will take you longer to have to redo it.
#5 CHANGE IT UP
You probably have a schedule for your lessons, but if things are becoming difficult to focus on, take a 5-min break and come back to it – just let your teacher/parent know.
Come up with a variety of learning activities that are different and fun.
Make sure that they are educational and that you are still accomplishing what you are supposed to.
For example, if you have to do a lesson on the meaning of words, you can play Scrabble and then look up in the dictionary the meaning of those words.
#6 TAKE BREAKS
Get up once in a while.
Have a snack.
Have art supplies that you enjoy to use when you are taking a short break.
Creativity helps rejuvenate and enliven the brain.
#7 SPEAK UP & ASK FOR HELP
When things get tough, don’t just push through it.
Ask your parents, or reach out to your teacher, if this class is outsourced.
Home schooling can be a bit of a lonely lifestyle, but you can definitely make it less so.
It is easy to feel alone when you need help in school and don’t feel like asking for it.
But one way that you can make things less lonely is to see if you can get together with other friends to work on the materials together.
It is a win-win!
You socialize while you get your questions answered and you learn along the way!
#8 JOURNAL IT
Use a journal to track your progress or any questions you might want to ask your teacher about the work.
Whether you are doing distance learning or not, having a planner or a journal is super helpful.
It will be so much easier to keep track of things, like things you still need to do, questions you have, items you need to check or redo, etc.
Don’t skip this step because it can make all the difference in your learning success.
#9 USE RELIABLE HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES
And last, but not least, don’t forget that a good online connection is just as a strong a human connection.
It is important for support in your homeschooling journey, so aim to have a strong connection with great online resources.
“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” -Harold B. Lee
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I hope that this list has been helpful to you.
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