Sometimes a homeschool day feels more like a whirlwind than the peaceful learning environment you’d like it to be. Life can be unpredictable, so there’s never a guarantee of a perfectly smooth day, but planning and preparation can go a long way toward taming the chaos. The following tips will help you organize your homeschool.
- Keep supplies in a central location. Running here and there for each item you need takes valuable time, so organize your supplies in one spot. Milk crates can hold several books and folders. A dedicated a bookshelf can store many items.
- Plan ahead. The more preparation that you do ahead of time, the less that you have to do in the heat of the moment. Over the summer, outline goals for the year. Each week, make specific plans for the upcoming week. Every evening, make sure that supplies are gathered for the next day’s activities.
- Design a flexible schedule. Routine helps everyone know what to expect in a school day. However, a rigid schedule might only set you up for frustration. Instead, loosely plan the flow of your day. Pick target start and end times for your studies. Decide what order works best for completing work, and try to stick to that basic routine each day.
- Empower children to work independently. Set up a system that allows your children to accomplish work on their own. An independent work basket system is one effective method.
- Use online resources. Accomplishing a task without leaving the house saves time. For example, use your library’s online services. On the Peoria Public Library’s website, you will find account and catalog information under the E-library tab.
- Prepare activities for little ones. Preschoolers crave your attention, so start your mornings by singing or reading with your younger kids. Additionally, it’s helpful to have special toys set aside for your children to do during school time. Keep these in a specific spot, so your preschoolers knows where to find their fun activities.
- Create a meal plan. Planning ahead means that you won’t get to the end of a full homeschool day and be faced with the dilemma of no dinner plans. On a weekly or monthly basis, plan a dinner for each night, and shop for the ingredients.
If your homeschool days could use a little taming, pick a few of these tips to try out. Hopefully, you’ll find that your days become smoother and your stress load becomes lighter.