inside: easy ways to prepare tomorrow’s homeschool today
Nothing is worse than starting the homeschool day unprepared. Pencils have disappeared. Books are hiding under beds. By the time you find everything, the children have disappeared.
And you’re eating the chocolate chips straight out of the bag.
Make Homeschooling Tomorrow Easy
Does this sound familiar?
The secret to having a good homeschool day tomorrow is to prepare tomorrow’s homeschool today.
I know, it sounds like a huge chore when you’re already worn out from today’s homeschooling. Seriously it only takes a few minutes and will save you all sorts of grief tomorrow.
Just follow these 5 steps and you’ll be on your way.
1. Prepare Tomorrow’s Homeschool by Checking the Calendar
Double check your calendar to make certain you’re not going to have any surprises during the homeschool day. You know a surprise like that dentist appointment you made 6 months ago, friends dropping by from out of town, or an awesome field trip you don’t want to miss.
Nothing is worse than just sitting down to morning time when the phone rings. Where are you!
Take a minute to glance at your calendar before checking your homeschool plans for tomorrow.
5. Double Check Homeschool Plans for Tomorrow
Often we don’t cover each subject everyday. For instance many families only do science and history twice a week. There’s no sense in preparing for history if you’re going to be teaching science!
You’ll also want to correlate your calendar with your homeschool plans.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had beautiful plans prepared, only to discover we were going to be out of the house on a field trip. There go the plans!
Since you just checked the calendar, adjust your homeschool plans for tomorrow to fit the schedule. It could be as easy as pushing everything back by an hour.
But make certain your homeschool plans and any appointments align.
3. Glance at the Teacher’s Manuals
If you’re homeschool is anything like mine, the teacher’s manuals are still sitting on the table. So take a few minutes to check tomorrow’s lesson before you return the manuals to their spot on the shelf.
The very first thing I do is to move my paper clip from today’s lesson to tomorrow’s lesson. A paper clip let me quickly flip to the needed page when I’m dealing with a wiggly kid, and I love being able to find the lesson I need in seconds.
Next read tomorrow’s lesson. This does not mean sit down and spend 15 minutes absorbing every detail. You’re just looking for a quick overview.
First glance over the supply list to ensure you have the needed supplies before looking at tomorrow’s lesson. If not, make plans to dash to the store or think of a different approach.
Next glance over the lesson itself. What are you teaching and will it be an easy lesson?
Now put the teacher’s manuals away so you can find them tomorrow!Preparing tomorrow's homeschool only takes a few minutes today and saves headaches tomorrow.Click To Tweet
4. Check Supplies
Spend a few minutes ensuring all supplies have been returned to their proper spot. In my kids case, this means ensuring supplies are neatly stored in their school crate.
Each of my kids has a school crate filled with paper, notebooks, and their pencil boxes. The kids grab their crates in the morning before sitting down to work. However if the supplies were left all over the house, it’s not going to happen.
Then you spend your mornings searching for pencils.
So part of your homeschool routine needs to include returning all supplies to their appropriate spot. And don’t do it by yourself. Grab the kids and have them help. Eventually they will learn to put everything away!
5. Tidy the Shelves
If your kids are anything like my kids, books end up all over the house. Math textbooks hide in the bedrooms. History books wind up under the sofa. Literature books wander into the kitchen.
If the books actually find their way to the shelf, they’re simply left in a pile rather than neatly placed back on the shelf. I’m teaching the kids to put their books away neatly, but it’s an on-going process.
So spend a few minutes ensuring all the books are returned to their proper spot as you’re closing up the homeschool.
Otherwise the kids will be begging you to find their school books in the morning.Return supplies to their proper spots when you're finished with today's homeschool.Click To Tweet
The secret to preparing tomorrow’s homeschool is to use a few minutes to review tomorrow as you’re closing up shop today. Check the calendar and your homeschool plans. Glance at your teacher’s manuals for supplies and concepts being taught. Return all supplies back to their proper spots.
You’ll make homeschooling tomorrow easy!