Have you ever wondered why some families tend to have a homeschool routine that flows smoothly. Dinner makes it onto the table every evening without fail. The house wouldn’t pass a white-glove inspection, but it’s clean, tidy and comfortable. Everything seems to flow easily.
It’s a well-run homeschool.
A Well-Run Homeschool
Unfortunately a well-running homeschool takes planning. You need to carefully organize and plan your homeschool to cover your weak areas.
For instance I’m horrible at remembering to pick up science supplies during my weekly grocery runs. Did I say horrible, I mean horrible. We didn’t do science experiments for months on end because I kept forgetting. Finally I started picking up the science kits. What a difference it made! We now had the supplies on hand to complete most of the experiments. The kids were happy and I no longer felt guilty.
But that’s what I’m talking about. My weak point is picking up experiments and supplies, so I intentionally pick up kits or stock up on supplies during a summer school shopping spree.
You also need to consider what are your weak points, the points that prevent you from having a well-run homeschool. Fix those and life will be so much easier!
31 Days to a Well-Running Homeschool
In a fit of wild craziness I decided to join the Write 31 Day Challenge! This means for the next 31 days I’m going to be talking about the well-run homeschool.
A well-run homeschool is one that has a good balance between the homeschool and the house. Dinner makes it onto the table every night. The house may not pass a white-glove inspection, but it’s reasonably clean and tidy.
Homeschooling happens routinely with diligence. You know what you’re going to do and do it. There’s a plan for those chaotic days when nothing seems to go right.
A well-run homeschool doesn’t just happen. It takes planning and thought. So over the next 31 days we’re going to talk about the various elements that go into a well-run homeschool and you too can pull together a well-run homeschool. One that doesn’t falter to a stop the moment something goes wrong.
Over the course of the 31 days we’ll discuss how to organize and plan the homeschool. This includes setting up the homeschool so you can run your school easily when everything is going crazy around you. You need a time to review the year, the quarter, the week, and the day. It sounds like a lot, but a few minutes here and there makes a world of difference in the long run.
We’ll chat about how to choose curriculum and what to look for. I’ll discuss what I, as a long-term homeschooler with over 15 years experience, look for and why.
Homeschooling also includes actually sitting down to teach the children. Not only do we need to teach the individual subjects, but we also need to teach the children to learn. We need to manage the sibling squabbles that routinely pop up. I don’t know about your kids, but mine routinely argue about who gets which spot at the table. Apparently some seats are better than others. Go figure!
At the same time a well-run homeschool requires that we stay on top of the household. Laundry needs to be done. The house needs to be clean. We need a plan for getting meals onto the table every night.
A well-run household is part and parcel with a well-run homeschool. No one can learn well in a mess. We certainly can’t teach if we can’t even find the books!
Finally we’ll discuss tying everything together into a well-running routine.
A routine which balances the needs of the kids, your husband, the house, the homeschool, and of course yourself.
A well-run homeschool takes a bit of organization and planning, but it’s in the reach of everyone.
Read more in the series!
- The Secret to Your Well-Run Homeschool
- Set Limits for a Well-Run Homeschool
- A Weekly Schedule is Vital for a Well-Run Homeschool
- What to Do When the Schedule Is Too Full
- Create a Daily Schedule for a Well-Run Homeschool
- Prepare for Success: Organize for a Well-Run Homeschool
- Be Just Organized Enough for a Well-Run Homeschool
- Morning Time & The Well-Run Homeschool
- Combine Children for a Well-Run Homeschool
- When to Separate Students for a Well-Run Homeschool
- 3 Excellent Reasons to Color Code Homeschool Supplies
- Teaching Different Ages in the Well-Run Homeschool
- How to Teach Kids to Learn Independently
- How to Homeschool with Toddlers Roaming the House
- When the Child You Love has a Bad Attitude
- How to Motivate Your Kids to Get Their Schoolwork Done
- Choosing Curriculum in the Well-Run Homeschool
- Diligence is Key to the Well-Run Homeschool
- You Need These 5 Incredible Resources for a Well-Run Homeschool
- Create a Well-Run House for a Well-Run Homeschool
- How to Create a Daily Cleaning Routine for a Tidy House
- 5 Terrific Tips to Staying on Top of Your Laundry
- 3 Awesome Ways to Create a Weekly Cleaning Routine
- How to Get Home Cooked Meals on the Table
- 5 Keys to the Well-Run Homeschool & Schole
- A Glimpse into My Homeschool Daily Schedule
- 3 tips to a Successful Weekly Homeschool Planning Session
- Every Schole: The Educational Virtues