I wanted to share with new homeschool parents a couple of "insider" tips to consider as you prepare for your homeschool endeavors this fall. The last two weeks, I shared ideas to help you manage your school schedule and juggle your "to do" list. I had two final concepts to pass along...
Back-to-School Basics for the Rookie Homeschool Teacher: 7 Tips Continued
Last week, I discussed scheduling your school day and setting your academic pace through your curriculum. This week I want to share tips to help you manage all your responsibilities as a parent and teacher.
I have been homeschooling for seven years. Three years ago, I had an epiphany...schedule a teacher work day once a month! I used to regularly schedule one work day a month when I was a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public schools. Why am I not doing this now as a homeschool teacher?! (This is when I smacked my forehead and said, "I should've had a V8!") On teacher work days, I can take care of appointments, make lesson plans, calculate hours, register for field trips, put library books on hold, fill out birthday/anniversary cards, etc...
As a busy homeschool teacher and parent, I am constantly trying to find ways to maximize our time…especially when we are in the car driving to fieldtrips, library events, or sports. It is amazing how many hours you can accrue doing “car-schooling.” I wanted to share a fun literature unit idea that should fit with any curricula or age group you teach…all available at your local Mid-Continent Public Library branch!
Welcome to the newest addition of MCPL’s Virtual Branch—the Homeschool Page!
The new section includes many great resources, including, new, updated websites (curriculum, blogs, tips & tricks, and more!), events for homeschool kids and teens, and blogs by our Homeschool Advisory Team. This team is made up of actual homeschool families who will share their experiences with library resources and how they utilize them in their everyday learning.