Homeschooling can be every family’s dream, especially among those with strong family ties. After all, the parents and the homeschooled children get to spend a lot of time with each other, doing enjoyable activities while also learning at the same time. However, it should be emphasized that homeschooling is not just about spending time with the family. The main focus of homeschooling should be to provide the best quality education to the kids. To achieve that, the parents have a huge responsibility of making sure that they create a pleasant learning environment for their kids. That is just one of their main obligations and there is a lot more. That is why, to keep the sanity of the homeschooling parent/s, there should always be organization involved.
Organizing your homeschool is a key factor in making it work not just for you as a parent/teacher, but also for your kids/students. From the time that you decided to do homeschooling, you have probably started organizing your plans on how to effectively teach your kids. Goal setting is one way of making sure that you keep things organized. Set goals for yourself and for your kids so that you know what needs to be done and what you need to work on throughout the homeschool year. Follow a program. A curriculum or a lesson plan allows you to keep track of your progress and it also serves as a guide for you as the teacher. The absence of a curriculum may lead to an unstructured style of teaching and although it may work for others, it may also cause confusion and disarray for some.
If you are homeschooling just one kid, you may find it easier to organize your homeschool. But, if you have more than one student, your organization skills may be put to test. Most likely, your children are of different age and grade level so that also means you have to prepare a different curriculum and also come up with different sets of goals for each. Do not get overwhelmed. Sit down and ask for help from family members if needed. Once you have finished all the lesson plans, it will be easier. All you have to do is make sure that you stick to them.
Keeping a calendar or a planner also proved to be helpful for homeschooling parents. After all, homeschooling is all about the effective use of time and time management. Keep in mind though that time management does not simply mean having to plot schedules on your calendar and making sure that everything is strictly followed. Effective time management means identifying all the tasks that you need to accomplish and allotting enough time and attention to complete every single task without having to sacrifice some of the schedules that you have allotted for the other tasks. You should know your priorities and organize your tasks in a way that the most important tasks are the first ones to be completed. A calendar, planner, or organizer can help you keep things in check. They can serve as a visual reminder of the activities that you have planned to do with your homeschoolers.
As a parent/teacher, it is also your responsibility to teach time management to your children and everyone in the family. Homeschooling will be more organized if everyone at home knows the daily activities and other plans for the day. For instance, if you are planning to hold a one on one session with your youngest homeschooler in the garden, let everyone at home know about it. Share with them what time your session will be and what time you are expected to be done. That way, no other person at home will go to the garden during the time that you have indicated.
Be realistic. When organizing your homeschooling schedule, make sure that you allot enough hours for your children to finish the activities that you give them. If you can finish reading a short story in 30 minutes, do not expect everyone to do the same. Give an allowance to ensure that your children do not get rushed into finishing things. That somehow defeats the purpose of homeschooling. The tendency is if you do not give enough time for your child to finish an activity, your child may not be able to comprehend anything at all because of the pressure. If you provide an extension, make sure that no other activities will be bumped off. Plan activities and estimate the time needed for each realistically.It can also be a great idea to have your children write down a copy of their scheduled activities for their own reference.
Remember that your goal is to create a pleasant learning environment for your children. You will be able to attain this if you organize not just the physical things that you need for homeschooling but also the non-physical aspects. Imagine yourself attending a seminar. As you get yourself ready, you try to visualize all the things that you might learn from the seminar. While you are on your way to the venue, you feel excited and you look forward to the new things that you will experience. When you get to where the seminar will be held, you find yourself staring at cluttered chairs and reference materials piled up in one corner. You and the other attendees proceed to the registration table manned by a lady who does not seem to know what to do. You suddenly feel disappointed and all your excitement vanished into thin air. The seminar was clearly not organized well. Its either you try to leave, wish you never attended at all, or just try to go through the day, pretending to listen when you are clearly not in the mood anymore. You have already lost your motivation. This scenario can also happen at home if you do not organize. If you give your children a chaotic environment and experience, that might bring more negative results rather than good outcome. The key to successful homechooling is preparedness, organization, and your passion to give the best education that you can for your children.