Many times, choosing from the many homeschool styles fall on homeschool moms. And to be honest, this decision is not an easy one, especially when they have many children.
We all know that children learn in different ways and it’s hard to choose one out of many homeschooling methods. But it can be done by actually picking the Eclectic style of homeschooling.
Eclectic homeschoolers are awesome. They learn through a mix of several methods. If you want to know which is the best homeschooling method for you, click here to take the Homeschool Styles quiz.
We discuss about methods like classical education, traditional homeschooling, the Charlotte Mason method, the Montessori Method and more.
It’s Back to (Home) School time!!
It’s that time of year, when many homeschoolers are busy preparing for a new school year. Some of you may have already started your new year, and some of you may have never stopped!
I’ve gotten together with a great group of bloggers to make getting ready for the new school year just a little bit easier and hopefully a little less stressful on your wallet.
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Homeschooling Made Easy
Homeschooling made easy is possible. Trust me, I am not saying that it will be butterflies and rainbows all the time, but what I am saying is that there are ways to help each one of your children.
If you are homeschooling kindergarten kids and older, you can join a homeschool co-op (cooperative). It is a group that meets about once a week (although it is left up to each group) to learn something.
There are some that like to stick to academic subjects. Others prefer fun electives, such a cooking class, Lego class and some even do different activities in books, such as The Dangerous Book for Boys, etc.
For those of us who opt to join a homeschool co-op, you know that they can be both wonderful and stressful. Obviously, the “wonderful” part must outweigh the “stressful” part, if you decide to keep going or to go back the following year.
In this post, I will give you tips to make your homeschool co-op days less stressful.
Tips on how to thrive on homeschool co-op days
After homeschooling for almost 8 years and being part of homeschool co-ops for at least five of those years, I have developed a set of tips that have worked for us and I think they will help you, too.
1. Know expectations (from your co-op) and keep track of any activities and field trips on the family or homeschool calendar.
Keep track of days when they have to dress up, spirit days, crazy hair or socks days, family presentations, show-and-tell, any days off, special events like holiday parties and gift exchanges.
Keep your calendar in plain sight, be consistent at adding everything to it and refer to it often. My kids have gotten so used to consulting the calendar that now I know that if an event makes it to the calendar, the kids will make sure we never miss it!
Not only is this a great way to keep you organized, everyone involved, but it also helps your kids learn the value of organization and picking and choosing priorities between events when they overlap.
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2. Have a plan for getting ready in the morning.
Hint: it starts the night before. Know exactly what you and your kids are wearing the next day by setting it out. Many homeschool co-ops have t-shirts to wear on those days.
That makes it a lot easier in you. It’s almost like a uniform, without being a uniform. If your homeschool co-op doesn’t have t-shirts, consider getting your family some.
It will save you lots of time! Here are some fun ones that you will love:
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Backtrack from when you have to be there (a little before it starts) and know how long the drive takes and how long it takes all of you to get dressed, prepare a snack and have breakfast.
3. Make a list of healthy and realistic snacks to take to co-op.
Some moms are happy just grabbing a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter to give their kids on homeschool co-op days. Other moms, go to Sam’s Club or Costco and buy snack items in bulk.
Needless to say, these might not be the healthiest, but they get the job done. Bellies are full, everything’s fine.
My children aren’t very picky when it comes to food, but they do like variety. I do, too. Keep several fruits and easy veggies on hand.
Get small airtight containers for ranch dressing, if you dip celery sticks or baby carrots. Make a small sandwich out of one slice of bread. Cheese sticks are easy.
When you slice apples (this is a great slicer), put a rubber band around it to keep it from turning brown.
Pop some popcorn or pack a small yogurt or salad container. Some families prefer to pack things like small portions of rice, snap peas, pretzel rods or even warm chicken or vegetable broth in a thermos.
Whatever you decide to put together, have a plan for it so it doesn’t take you forever to set up. These are our favorite lunch boxes and containers for those who like variety.
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Here is a list of some helpful lunch and snack ideas.
4. Have your lessons ready.
Some co-ops require that moms teach a class each week. Regardless of how often you have to do this, ALWAYS be ready. Don’t wait until the night before class to prepare your lesson.
It is best to take a couple of hours to make a list of lessons for the upcoming weeks to know what materials you need to buy or get ready before those classes.
Knowing what you are teaching ahead of time will actually save you lots of time and keep your stress level low.
If you are making a craft or a Science experiment in class, practice it at home so you don’t run into any unexpected surprises during the lesson.
Always check that you are teaching what you are expected to. Avoid giving kids candy as a reward in your class.
Not only will it save you some grief, but other moms and teachers will thank you for not sugaring them up. One year, my son was choking on a hard candy in his class.
Thankfully, the teacher’s assistant was a nurse and did the Heimlich maneuver on him!
5. Have a quick run-through the night before homeschool co-op.
Make sure you all know at what time everyone is waking up, what they are wearing, what they are having for breakfast, if there are any special things happening the next day (guess speaker in class, etc) and anything else you need to know to be on the same page.
Also, make sure your kids have their backpacks by the door, ready to go and you have a plan for food and your class materials are packed and ready by the door also.
You can have your kids help you put the snacks together to keep in the fridge the night before. That way, all you have to do in the morning is grab them out of the fridge and put in the lunch boxes.
I know that it might sound like a lot, but in reality, it’s only 5 things to keep in mind. And as the weeks go by, you will all be more and more accustomed to this routine.
It’ll be fun to see how better, calmer and smoother your homeschool co-op mornings will go when you follow these easy tips.
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