- Be flexible
- Evaluate your priorities
Be flexible with homeschool challenges
Homeschooling is always about priorities
When facing later challenges I finally came to the realization that there were really only three things that I needed to maintain in order to make sure my children’s education progressed. I am referring to what is commonly known as the “three R’s” – reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic. This strategy for homeschooling is simple to apply.
When your children are young, as long as you stick with a consistent math program and a phonics or reading program, your child will be getting what they really need. If you have older children, they can certainly be doing the majority of their work independently, but even then, if you scale things back for a little while it won’t do them any harm, and will certainly help to alleviate stress for both you and your children.
Their natural curiosity will lead them to learn about things in nature, stories in the news, and just about anything else. Consider suggesting books that are set in historical time periods or biographies of famous scientists and explorers as a way for them to continue learning. While they may not be having formal “science” or “history” lessons, they will still be learning more than you might realize. Even activities that aren’t strictly book learning can teach life skills and build character.
Strategies for homeschooling include simplification
Once you’ve done those two things, make the appropriate adjustments. You can meet life’s challenges and continue to homeschool as well. And as you do so, your homeschooled children will be learning valuable life lessons that I believe no other educational model can provide.
Homeschool mom Anne H. contributed to this article.