Are you looking for easy ways to improve your homeschool? Little tasks that can get done quickly in 15 minutes or less? Here are ten quick and easy ways to improve your homeschool today.
Easy Ways to Improve Your Homeschool
1. Grade a Math Test
Have you ever postponed grading a math test? Guilty! I certainly have. Math test don’t take more than a few minutes to grade, yet for some reason they get put aside. Put aside in favor of read alouds or art projects. Stop postponing grading that test. Get it done today!
2. Put Loose Papers into the Portfolio
I keep color-coded three-ring portfolios for each of my kids. They’re easy places to put essays, tests, artwork, and maps. Even though it only takes moments to put papers away, I still have loose papers piling up on my desk. Do you? Grab a handful of loose papers and put them away in the correct portfolio.
3. Set Up for Tomorrow’s Homeschool
The single most important quick task you could do for your homeschool would be to set up for tomorrow now. Check to make certain you have science supplies, printed worksheet, needed books, and sharp pencils. You’ll save yourself a headache in the morning when your kids are running around the house fighting over the last sharpened pencil.
4. Study Latin
Take the time to study Latin on your own. It saves embarrassment when the kids ask you a question you can’t answer, and you’ll make consistent headway if you start now. After all, it’s better to make consistent baby-steps than to burn out after two days.
5. Paint a Picture
Art, for some reason, is neglected in many homeschools. It’s a pity because it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to grab the water colors, call the kids, and paint a picture together. Pull out an art book or simply look out the window. Encourage the kids to paint what they see. It only takes a few minutes to get an art project started.
6. Read about a Great Historical Figure
Find a picture book about a great historical figure, grab an encyclopedia, or check on the internet. It only takes a few minutes to read a blurb about a great historical figure. You’ll learn all about major accomplishments, a short biography, and why they’re considered a great.
7. Put Next Week’s Books on Hold at the Library
Nothing is worse than sitting down the make next week’s homeschool plans and realizing you don’t have the necessary books on hand. The disgusting part is it only takes a few minutes to hop on your computer, log into the library’s catalog, and put the books on hold. Save yourself grief and put those books on hold today!
8. Enjoy Listening to a Piece of Music
Just as art projects tend to be postponed, so does music study. You don’t need to start a fabulous music curriculum such as SQUILT right away. Just get started by turning on music, sitting down with your kids, and truly listening to the piece together. If the little ones want to dance, let them. Spend time enjoying music together.
9. Do Phonics with a Kindergartner
Phonics with a kindergartner doesn’t need to take more than a few minutes. You just need to run through the alphabet, practice sounding out a few words, and review old words. Don’t worry about doing a full phonics program with your child, just sit down everyday to carefully study phonics for a few minutes everyday.
10. Tidy a Homeschool Shelf
If your shelves are anything like mine, they’re a disaster. The kids pile books on the shelf and never pile them neatly where they belong. The shelves never take long to tidy, but it’s so much easier to find the needed books on organized shelves than when the books are piled sky-high.
As a bonus, sit down, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel after spending time relaxing and sipping coffee during a quick break. If you need to, set the buzzer and send the kids to a quick quiet time. They can reappear when the buzzer goes off. Have you taken a break lately?
With these 10 tips, you can make quick but vital improvements to your homeschool today. Don’t forget to include time for the bonus activity. We can all use a few minutes to relax and enjoy the day.
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