Ready…Set… Back-To-Schooling at Home

10 healthy habits to a successful school year

Create a schedule, stick to it, and then break it as often as possible… indulging in spontaneity fosters creativity.

Change your working environment-Go to the library, school on the trampoline (some of our math facts were best learned on the tramp), school in the car on the go, or bring school to the backyard.

Teach to the objectives which serve as a guide.

Chunk lessons. Teach the skills based subjects daily and spotlight another subject for the remainder of the week.

Prepare the night before, not only lessons and prep materials that may be needed, but healthy easy to grab snacks.

Keep an emergency supply kit and stack it with educational videos, computer games, links on hand to fun educational websites, and brain teasers.

Take breaks and if it turns out to be one of those days, give yourself a license to take breaks often.

Always remember that learning is a journey not simply a destination.

Think outside the box and deviate from those lessons.

Remember to breathe and have fun with learning.

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  1. Great words of wisdom there, Lori! Wishing you all a great "back-to-school!"

  2. Those are great tips. I don't homeschool, but they can all be adapted to public school kids. Thanks for visiting my blog šŸ™‚
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  3. My first born is finally old enough to go to school so it is a whole new world of things for me to think about. Mine is going to public school (there is no way in this world I could brave homeschooling right now) but I think there are some great tips here for both cases.

  4. I honestly am amazed at home schooling moms. I think about it, and I toy with the idea, and then I read something like this and I realize that I am so underqualified for homeschooling that it isn't even funny. I have no idea how this works… props to you!

  5. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    This are wonderful tips! I could have used a tramp with my students as a classroom teacher. Stopping from Mom Loop

  6. I also have a steady supply of NetFlix coming in on all different subjects. This week it was Tupperware and the Amish, and we're not even "in school" right now. I think there is so much to learn about life, about personality, about how we are alike and different with all these subjects. And of course the "classics" for instance "Where the Red Fern Grows" is both a movie (Netflix) and a book.
    In fact, I think NetFlix has been one of my best investments since it covers subjects that I want, and when the kids are sick, it has tv shows. movies etc that they can watch while laying quietly on the couch.
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  7. Mary, Netflix movies would be a great thing to keep in that emergency kit for those days when things just don't go as planned.

    I haven't ever heard of geo-cacheing, but I just Googled it and it looks interesting. A global GPS hunt, that could make for some very fun learning.
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  8. I don't homeschool my kids, but these are great ideas for our homework and study sessions. Thanks.
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