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How Many Subjects Do You Cover Each Day?

How Many Subjects Do You Cover Each Day? from Standard Deviants Accelerate

This seems to be turning into a series of sorts, maybe “An Inside Look at Homeschooling”, or “Homeschooling is a Lifestyle”. Either way there are a couple of major themes to remember. First is that every homeschool is different. Second is that it’s perfectly okay to be different and to do what works for you and your family!

How Many Subjects Do You Cover Each Day?

I had to chuckle recently as my 9 year old 4th grader looked at her weekly assignment sheet and commented about how she had every subject that day! I don’t think that is something that happens too often, but when we have a busy week we have to utilize any day at home that we have.

So that begs the question, “How many subjects do we cover each day?”

As a general rule we cover math and grammar/English every day. Currently we have classes outside the house on Wednesday so we cut back on formal studies that day. Practicing their instruments is something they do every day as well. (When I refer to days I am speaking of week days, not including Saturday and Sunday.)

Science is something we typically do twice a week. This allows us to spend a little more time on a given day to cover hands on activities and labs.

When it comes to history it depends on if we are currently doing unit studies or using a curriculum. When we are doing more in-depth unit studies we typically spend more time on one or two days a week, opposite the days we are engaging in science. We are currently using a curriculum where they are reading from text and other supplemental books and completing written assignments. With this style we typically do it 4 days a week.

Current Weekly Overview:

  • Math 4-5x a week
  • English 4-5x a week (this would include spelling, grammar and writing)
  • Science 2x a week
  • History 4x a week
  • Music 5x a week
  • Art 1-2x a month

How many subjects you cover each day will depend on the style of homeschooling you choose, the number of days a week you are schooling, and how much time you are looking to devote to each subject.

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You Can Start Homeschooling Mid Year

You Can Start Homeschooling Mid Year from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Often parents find themselves part way through a school year, realizing their kids are miserable and that traditional school might not be the best option anymore. Then they wonder, can we start homeschooling mid year?

Yes, you can start homeschooling mid year. With a little bit of knowledge, some love and patience, you can start homeschooling mid year.

You Can Start Homeschooling Mid Year

When my oldest was beginning first grade I knew she needed out of public school. I was nervous and afraid to pull her out once the year had begun. I wish I had pulled her out instead of waiting to finish the year. For this reason I am here to tell you that you can. I have even helped others through the process of doing so. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you start homeschooling mid year.

Know Your State Regulations – Be sure that you know your state regulations. Each state is different and you want to be sure you are following the homeschool regulations in your state.

Find Support – Seek support online and in your local area. The best medicine for an unsure mom is the support of other moms who have been there themselves.

Leave Time For Deschooling – Deschooling is a process in which you give your child time and space to adjust to being out of traditional school. Homeschool is not public school and kids need time to transition to being home. Allow yourself and your child to just be. Be casual. There is time to work into a homeschooling routine.

Decide On Your Homeschool Method – Take the time to consider what homeschool method is right for you and your child. There are options like traditional/school at home, classical, unschooling, unit studies, Charlotte Mason, and eclectic.

Decide Where To Begin – If your child has been struggling, take the time to step back and get them caught up. If your child is in high school and you are wondering about giving credit, pick up where they left off and give them credit for everything they covered both in school and at home for that year.

Trust Your Instincts – You know your child better than anyone. Trust your instincts when it comes to what to do and how to proceed with them. Homeschooling is a valid option, one that can be a positive and enriching experience for you and your child.

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Organizing Your Homeschool for the New Year

Organizing Your Homeschool for the New Year from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Even if you start your school year in August or September, the turning of the calendar year from one year to the next can be a great time to organize, catch up, and clean out. Typically families take a break around Christmas and New Year’s. This break offers you a chance to reboot, rethink, and reorganize. For this reason alone, you should consider spending a little of your holiday break organizing your homeschool for the New Year.

Organizing Your Homeschool for the New Year

  1. Catch up on any grading or looking over of the work your kids have done thus far. Inevitably the daily rush takes hold and I get behind on logging their work, or grading one subject or another, or really taking the time to look at and praise their efforts in some major project they worked on.
  2. Have the kids clear off their work spaces. My little two collect clutter, I swear! For this reason I periodically have them clean up and clear out their work spaces. It allows them to put away things they wanted to save, throw out the garbage, and then wipe down their de-cluttered work space.
  3. Make plans for the upcoming months. I often take a little time to be sure I have everything organized and printed for the first couple of months of the New Year. If I can gather myself together in this manner, it makes the daily grind go much smoother.
  4. Be aware of sales. There are often countdown sales, New Year sales, etc at this time of year. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a curriculum you may be wanting for the future. This is a great time to stay ahead of the curve and save some money and that curriculum you have been wanting to add to your collection!

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3 Benefits of Using a Boxed Homeschool Curriculum

Benefits of Using a Boxed Homeschool Curriculum from Standard Deviants Accelerate
Beginning the journey of homeschooling can feel overwhelming and scary. There are so many options out there and so many unknowns. There is one option that can be of great help in this instance, the boxed homeschool curriculum. What do I mean by a boxed curriculum? A boxed homeschool curriculum is where you order once, everything comes all together, and all subjects are covered.

Benefits of Using a Boxed Homeschool Curriculum

1. One Stop Shopping

Ordering from one publisher makes your shopping simple. You go online, choose your grade levels and your subjects, and check out. It is that simple. Then everything comes right to your home. No shopping multiple websites trying to coordinate things together. Just one stop and you are done!

2. Eliminates the Wishy Washy Hassle of Decision Making

The amounts of curricula, catalogs, and options can feel overwhelming. By going to one reputable publisher and ordering it all from them, it takes the agony of hemming and hawing and over researching out of the equation. Ordering boxed homeschool curriculum eliminates so much stress by taking out the endless amount of options that have your second guessing, price comparing and more!

3. Just Open and Use

When your boxed homeschool curriculum comes you can just open it and use it! All the necessary books and instructions are right there! You don’t have to plan ahead as everything will be laid out for you and you don’t have to spend hours printing and organizing as all the workbooks and schedules are there and ready to be used.

So what does this ultimately mean for us homeschool moms? It means less stress, less, worry, less hassle, and more free time. Instead of spending time researching and planning, you will have that time to spend as you choose, possibly doing something more fun with your children!

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Helpful Homeschool Books

Helpful Homeschool Books from Standard Deviants Accelerate
While we do live in the age of the Internet, some of us still love to read. And read is something I did a lot of when I was at the beginning of my homeschool journey! It is something I continue to do as the years pass. There is always something new to be learned, some great piece of advice or tip to try that might be just what you are in need of.

Helpful Homeschool Books

1. The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home

This was on my nightstand for years at the beginning of my homeschooling journey. Even if you are not homeschooling in the classical education style there are so many great resources listed and scheduling tips/ideas that can be implemented in most other styles.

2. Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling

John Holt is considered the founder of unschooling. Rather than proposing that parents turn their homes into miniature schools, Holt and Farenga demonstrate how ordinary parents can help children grow as social, active learners. Teach Your Own not only has all the vital information necessary to be the bible for parents teaching their own children, it also conveys John Holt’s wise and passionate belief in every child’s ability to learn from the world that has made his wonderful books into enduring classics.

3. The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child

This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child’s specific learning style, including: 

  • When, why, and how to get started 
  • The best ways to develop an effective curriculum, assess your child’s progress, and navigate local regulations 
  • Kid-tested and parent-approved learning activities for all age levels 
  • Simple strategies for developing an independent child and strengthening family and social relationships 
  • And much, much more!

4. The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens

This books was atop my list when I was preparing to homeschooling the middle and high school years. It takes you from handling the teen years, to preparing and handling the essentials of high school as well as how to properly prepare for college. A must have for homeschooling high school!

5. Homeschooling: The Teen Years

I love the organization of this book. It is well thought out and takes you through the middle and high school years. It helps you through teen issues like customizing to meet their needs, and helps you through figuring out what path might be right for them post graduation.

6. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas

This is a collective book done by the bloggers of iHomeschool Network. If you are looking to hear from those of us that are in the trenches then this is the book for you! Written by homeschool moms from all walks and styles with real life practical tips and information for homeschooling kids all of ages.

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Benefits to Homeschooling Online

Benefits to Homeschooling Online from Standard Deviants Accelerate

While there is a big push among parents that screen time is bad and we need to limit it, I still find many benefits to using screen time. In our home we don’t consider time on the computer for academic purposes screen time. I think there is a big difference between endlessly gaming and academic use of the computer.

Before I give you what I believe to be some of the benefits to homeschooling online let me say that I am a firm believer in handwriting and cursive. I believe in reading from paper books and writing with pen and paper. To have all of these plus computer time you need to find a balance and that is what we strive for in our home.

Benefits to Homeschooling Online

1. Portable

If you have a lap top or if you courses are truly Internet based (as opposed to on disc), online homeschooling can be much more portable. My teen is taking an online AP English course and an online math course. She can log in to these from any computer. That means she can be at a friends house, the library, a coffee shop with her laptop and so much more.

2. Paper Free

When you are homeschooling digitally you don’t have the amount of paper consumption. With less books, workbooks, textbooks because it is online you have less paper waste.

3. Automated Grading

Often with online and disc based homeschooling options you get automated grading. This means you don’t have to do the grading! This has been a lifesaver for me as I have more kids to homeschool. Being able to set my older ones to math and know that the program will be checking and grading for me is a big relief and time saver!

4. Live Interaction

You can sign up for many online classes that are live. With a camera and microphone you are instantly involved in a live action class where you can interact and ask questions directly of the teacher and gain knowledge and experiences from the others in the class.

5. Teacher Feedback

With live classes you can teacher feedback. This is great for your child as well as for you. It allows you a break while gaining an extra (and fresh) set of eyes on your child’s work. My teen also gets feedback via e-mail from her AP English teacher whom she can submit work and get feedback from.

6. Video/Interactive

My daughter has always done well with video based curriculum. She loves the different perspectives and interaction she can get from watching a video and then working with interactive features online.

7. Teach Something You Can’t

Using an online or disc based program allows you to teach a subject that you might not be strong in because you don’t have to actually teach. All of our upper level math and science has been done this way with interactive online programs, video labs and more.

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You Might Be An Eclectic Homeschooler If…

You Might Be An Eclectic Homeschooler If from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Eclectic you say? What is an eclectic homeschooler? An eclectic homeschooler is someone who doesn’t fall under one style of homeschooling. While some are distinctly unschoolers, or classical education enthusiasts, many of us fall into the eclectic style where we take something from a bunch of different homeschool styles and use them to suit our needs.

You Might Be An Eclectic Homeschooler If….

  • You have your child memorizing her multiplication tables and is totally engulfed in a study of penguins because she saw a show about them and just had to know more.
  • You use unit studies for history and science but are a strict textbook mom when it comes to math and English.
  • You have one child using a math curriculum and another working their way through learning all the conversions through her love of cooking.
  • You struggle between wanting to have the boxes on your assignment sheets checked and running off to join the 7 different class and activities opportunities each day.
  • You find yourself up until all hours creating printables and pulling resources together for your child’s latest interest in dog training, while the other is up until all hours getting her AP English homework done.

I started out as a very school at home homeschooler. We had our stack of books (even some school textbooks), our lessons plans all done for the year, and a full planner to follow. As the years passed I learned to be more flexible, to understand that what works for one child might not work for another, and to realize that every homeschool is different. We each do what works for us and our children, and that doesn’t make any of us wrong, it makes us all right!

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Turn Your Teenagers Interests Into High School Electives

Turn Your Teenagers Interests Into High School Electives from Standard Deviants Accelerate

One of the cool things about homeschooling high school are electives. They allow you the freedom to choose what your child is going to study. It is a chance for them to really explore things that interest them, and get credit for it too!

So what exactly is a High School Elective?  High school electives go beyond the core classes of English, math, science, and history. Electives supplement the educational years with classes that interest your child and prepare them for adult life.

Turn Your Teenagers Interests Into High School Electives

Now you are thinking, “Really, how does that work?” It is easier than you think!

  • Is your teen into movies? Do they want to make YouTube videos or create video productions on your phone or iPod all the time? Consider doing an elective pertaining to movie production, the how to’s of taking quality video, video editing, or film making.
  • Does your teen like to tinker? Maybe they are into taking things apart or trying to fix them? Try something like auto repair/maintenance, or small engine type things like lawnmowers, leaf blowers, etc. Maybe the electronics is more their speed to so you provide things like radios, computers, cell phones for repair and study.
  • Is your teen creative? There are tons of creative arts that make great electives. Things like painting, sculpting, woodworking, sewing, clothing design, interior design, and so many more!
  • How about our photographers or digital editors? Learn programs like Photoshop or other graphic design programs. Or spend time learning more about how the camera works and techniques to improve their photography skills.
  • Do they have a more physical en devour that they love? How about dance, gymnastics, equine science or horsemanship.
  • Got a history lover? Try medieval history or mythology.

Whatever your teens passion is, consider turning into elective credit for high school. Add in hands on learning, reading, videos, outside courses or seminars, and so on. This is a great way for them to do what they love, explore it more in-depth, and possibly find something that might be a career path later on!

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Reasons Why Curriculum Might Not Be For You

Reasons Why Curriculum Might NOT Be For You from Standard Deviants Accelerate
Not every parent, child, or homeschool is the same. Some of us use curriculum, some don’t. Some homeschoolers spend all their time going and doing, while others spend more time at home.

Reasons Why Curriculum Might Not Be For You

While I find myself to be more curriculum based, that is not a hard and fast line for us. As the years go on I find myself modifying, altering, and changing things as we go. Here are a few things I have seen that might mean curriculum is not for you.

  1. You don’t follow a strict schedule – If you are more free flowing and less schedule oriented it can be difficult to keep the flow of a curriculum. With lots of time and space between lessons and chapters it can be hard to keep the connections between them going.
  2. Your Child Cannot Sit Still – When my son was younger it was difficult for him to sit for more than a few minutes at a time. For this reason we did everything in little bits and pieces instead of chunks.
  3. You Want to Incorporate All Subjects Together - When using curriculum it is using for one subject at a time, therefore if you want to integrate multiple subjects that flow together you cannot use a curriculum for this. I am not saying there are not curricula to accommodate this, but in general it is one subject per curriculum.
  4. You Have a Small Budget – Often times curriculum can be pricey and may be out of reach for your budget. There are tons of free alternatives on the Internet that you can use instead. Again I am not saying small budget means no curriculum it is just more difficult. You may have to buy used, or pick and choose.
  5. You Want To Follow Their Lead – You may want to take your learning where it takes you. For instance your child might want to spend months learning about Knights and Castles, or you may get lost in the human body. Needing to follow a curriculum does not allow for this.

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Help to Find Your Homeschool Method

Help to Find Your Homeschool Method from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Often new homeschoolers are overwhelmed by the wealth of information out there and don’t know where to begin their research. A good place to start is by knowing about the different homeschool methods so you can determine what would be the best fit for you!

One of the most awesome features of homeschooling is that you have freedom! Freedom to find your homeschool method, freedom to choose what works for you and your children, and freedom to change if something isn’t working.

Find Your Homeschool Method

1. Traditional/School At Home

This approach is more structured than some of the others. Typically you will have textbooks/workbooks for each subject and would work through them in an orderly fashion. This would look more like public school at home as far as the academics.

2. Classical

Classical homeschooling is based on teaching children in three stages, called the Trivium. The Grammar Stage (ages 6-10) focuses on absorbing information and memorizing the rules of phonics, spelling, grammar, foreign language, history, science, math, etc.The Logic Stage (ages 10–12) emphasizes logical discussion, debate, drawing correct conclusions, algebra, thesis writing, and determining the why’s behind the information. The Rhetoric Stage (ages 13–18) continues the systematic, rigorous studies and seeks to develop a clear, forceful, and persuasive use of language.

3. Unschooling

The premise of unschooling is most easily summed up by calling it child led learning.  John Holt is most often associated with unschooling. He believed that “children who were provided with a rich and stimulating learning environment would learn what they are ready to learn, when they are ready to learn it“. Holt believed that children did not need to be coerced into learning; they would do so naturally if given the freedom to follow their own interests and a rich assortment of resources.

So if your child is wild about horses, then run with it. If your child want to build a fort, use it to learn in a natural progression of steps in building the fort! In this way learning happens more naturally and is said to last longer.

4. Unit Studies

Unit studies can be big and small. You can take one theme or topic and create all the school subjects (language arts, history, science, music, art, etc.) into that topic or you can take one theme such as bees and run with that for science.

5. Charlotte Mason

The Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling uses rich literature and living books. From Simply Charlotte Mason: “Living books are usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style. The books pull you into the subject and involve your emotions, so it’s easy to remember the events and facts. Living books make the subject come alive.” 

Charlotte Mason was a British educator who emphasized respecting each child as a person and giving him a broad education. She works with the way children naturally learn and incorporates nature study, art, and music appreciation as well as the typical academic subjects.

6. Eclectic

Eclectic is what you will often find many of us describing ourselves as. This is because through our years of homeschooling we have adapted one or more styles to our own needs. I am a mix of traditional, classical, unit studies and unschooling. You learn to pick and choose and take the pieces that work for you. {For more on this style check out,  You Might Be An Eclectic Homeschooler If…}

Homeschool Curriculum on a Budget

Homeschool Curriculum on a Budget from Standard Deviants Accelerate

It is no secret that there is a financial cost to homeschooling. In our state we still pay all the same school taxes but get nothing in return. Therefore the burden of the homeschooling budget is on us. As homeschoolers, many families live on a single income in this seemingly two income world, and then add the extra cost of homeschooling to that! Needless to say, things can get tight and you have to learn to pick and choose.

Homeschool Curriculum on a Budget

So what do you do about this often limited budget? How can you find and have the homeschool curriculum you want, on a budget?

1. Utilize The Library

Our local library contains a large store of resources to help a homeschool family out! There is the obvious resource in the books at the library, but there are also resources like music, and videos. Libraries often offer lots of free programs for kids, as well as access to free Internet! Our library also has iDevices to use and has a whole collection of “Homeschool Kits” with resources gathered for teaching different subjects at different age levels that you can borrow just like the books!

2. Buy Used

As with so many things, buying used is a great way to save money! You can check online for used items, as well as your friends and local homeschool groups. Every year there are multiple sales in our area for used curriculum. It is a great way for homeschool families to get some money back on the curriculum they had purchased and for other homeschool families to save money by buying used.

3. Use the Internet

The Internet has an endless wealth of information and resources. And here is a really great thing, there are many FREE resources. You can do a search and find free lesson plans, free printables, DIY projects, free ebooks and more! Utilizing free resources instead of ones you might pay for is a great way to ease the homeschool budget.

4. Be Patient and Diligent

Keep a list of things you desire to have and keep your eyes peeled for a good sale. Companies often have big sales for the New Year and then again in July/August to gear up for the coming school year.

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Homeschooling High School For College Credit

homeschooling for college credit

If your child is in high school and planning to go to college, you might want to start thinking about ways you can help them earn college credit while still in high school. Earning credit early can save students and parents both time and money, since students can complete and earn college credit for a lot of basic courses before ever stepping foot on a college campus. Here are a few ways to go about homeschooling for college credit:

  • Advanced Placement Classes: These are college level classes that end with an exam that judges how well your student has learned the material. If they pass, they earn college credit. There are a wide variety of topics offered, so you can pick exams with your child based on their interests, or based on the colleges your child is interested in and what AP Tests they will give credit for. It’s super simple to teach the information at home and then have your child take the exam.  The coolest thing about AP’s is your child earns double credit: they receive credit from you for learning the information in high school and also earn college credit (if they pass the AP test with a qualifying score, of course). The exams last 2-3 hours and are scored on a scale of 1-5 with five being the highest.  Each college decides what score they will except as passing; most colleges accept a score of 4 or 5 for credit, and only some will accept 3′s.  Click here to see the credit policy at a particular college on the College Board website.
  • SAT II Subject Tests: These are very similar to the AP Exams. Your child simply learns one of the subjects offered at home and then takes the exam. An adequate score can mean earned college credit. You’ll want to do a little research on potential colleges and make sure that they accept these scores for credit. They’re offered by the College Board, just like the AP Program.  Click here to learn more about the SAT II tests on the College Board website.
  • CLEP Exams: Another very similar program to the AP and SAT II exams. 2,900 colleges grant CLEP credit if students earn the minimum qualifying score (which is generally 50). With these, like the SAT II, you’ll want to make sure the colleges your child is interested in accepts CLEP scores. Most of the tests are about 90 minutes long and are offered in a variety of subjects from business to German language.  Learn more about the CLEP and what colleges will accept CLEP credits.
  • Community College courses for Dual Credit: Some community colleges will allow homeschoolers in the latter high school years to enroll part time in classes.  You’ll have to check with the community colleges in your area to see if they do this and what the requirements are. This is a very common way for students to earn high school AND college credit, while getting their feet wet in the college world.
  • Some tips: The key to success on the exams is preparation. Make sure your child learns all of the required material but also have them complete several practice tests before the real one so that they can get a sense of what it will be like. Go over each practice exam carefully and figure out what material needs to be reviewed more and what your child already knows really well.

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Interest Based Homeschooling

interest based homeschooling

Many homeschooling parents use their child’s interests to guide learning. It might seem a bit complicated to transform your child’s interests into valuable curriculum, but in almost every case it’s possible. The important thing is that they are learning both new skills and new content through their chosen interest. Interest based homeschooling can be both constructive and fun!  Here are a few tips:

  • Take your child’s interest and brainstorm ways to connect it to several skills like observation, research, library skills, and technology. These will most likely be the easiest four to figure out. Say, for example, your child is interested in the weather. They can keep a daily weather observation journal, research weather patterns and the science behind them, check out relevant books from the library, and look at radar maps on a computer. See? Pretty easy!
  • You can use the same process for creative and hands-on skills. Is your child interested in medieval history? Have them draw diagrams of castles and fortresses, construct models of tools or weapons that were used then, or even sew historically accurate clothing. All of these things will require research, so they’ll learn as they go!
  • Our last tip is to make sure there is real learning material behind all of this interest based homeschooling. If you see an opportunity to connect math to a project, do it! If you can incorporate history into science, go for it! The key is to have a plan, but to also be willing to adjust and add to that plan as you go along, making sure your child learns as much as they can through this experience.

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3 Benefits of Homeschooling Online

homeschooling online

Taking parts of your homeschooling online might be a little out of your comfort zone. Maybe you’re not so used to using computers and tablets in your homeschool, or maybe you’re concerned about the lack of interaction and control you might have with this method. We’re going to explain a few of the benefits of using online supplements for homeschool. Homeschooling online is another learning opportunity, and knowing how to use technology for learning will benefit your child in the long run.  Check them out:

  • Add variety to your teaching methods: Sometimes it can be nice for your child to be exposed to a different method of teaching. A little variety can help them to retain more information. Even if you teach them the same topics as well, repetition via a different means will enhance their comprehension of different subjects.
  • Take a little off your plate: Being a homeschool parent is a full time job. Why not supplement your teaching with a program that’s hands-off for you but still very hands-on for your child? Or, if there are certain subjects you’re not particularly fond of teaching, an online program is a great way to make sure your child still learns that subject and learns it well. Plus, you’ll have a little extra free time on your hands.
  • A new experience: Homeschooling online can be a great new experience for your kids. Not only can they get a ton of practice using technology, but they can be exposed to new ways of learning and new ways of thinking about things. It’s also a great way for kids to develop a little independence in their education. They’ll build confidence by tackling new ideas on their own, and still get the full learning experience that you want for them.

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Creating the Perfect Homeschool Schedule For Your Family

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Finding a homeschool schedule that works for your family can seem like a difficult task. There are a lot of things to take into consideration. What works for one family might be totally wrong for your family. You may need to test out several different homeschool schedules before you find one that works, or even combine different methods. Here are a few examples:

  • Strict block homeschool schedule: This method involves breaking your day up into 30-minute sections and filling each section with an activity. Essentially, every minute of your day will be planned out and accounted for, ensuring that you don’t waste time. You can make separate homeschool schedules for each member of your family, overlapping common activities, to make sure everyone is on schedule. However, this may end up be a little too rigid for your family, as unscheduled interruptions can throw your whole day off.
  • Flexible routines homsechool schedule: This method is a bit more relaxed. It still involves planning out your activities for the day, but the timing is more flexible. The order in which you do things can be kept scheduled, but if one activity takes longer than you planned, you can just go with the flow and move onto the next activity when you’re ready. If you’re getting too off schedule and not accomplishing as much as you’d like, you might want to adjust toward a more strict homeschool schedule.
  • Really flexible homeschool schedule: This method is even more relaxed. Essentially, you can create a list of things to accomplish during the day, and decide the order as you go along. This method allows you to take your kids’ preferences into account. Maybe they prefer doing math in the afternoon one day and in the morning the next. With this method it’s easy to make that happen.

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