There are some homeschool organization matters that need to be discussed. In the business world, efficiency is the major factor to maximum productivity. When there is a place for "things" and these objects are put in place, there will be a more peaceful atmosphere. The children must be on a schedule for eating, naps (or quiet reading time), baths, and bedtime. A consistent routine or schedule will produce secure and contented children. Order brings peace into a home. It will help to produce secure and contented children. A chaotic approach to life is the recipe for undisciplined behavior. Having exposed your children to a routine when they are young will greatly enrich their lives. I am a firm believer that children perform best when they have followed an established routine. (This, by the way, does not mean a military atmosphere.) If you intend to have a successful home school, you must have a long-range plan. If there is a commitment to planning your day, your chances of having a peaceful and productive home school will be realized. Do your best to arrange your home to be conducive to learning. Magazines can be checked out at your local library. Reader's Digest has always been a great source of interesting reading for all ages.
I have found that the summer months are a great time for me to scan what I will be teaching and have definite weekly goals that I want my children to achieve.
The TV will be the largest hindrance to home schooling. You must establish from day one that home school is just that: school. You need to start on time and take breaks only at scheduled times. Breaks should not include TV unless you are watching an exercise video for your PE class. Once the tube is turned on then you will be faced with the whining and begging to let them watch something. It is best for all the children to dress, eat breakfast, and then begin lessons. I suggest that you schedule math and reading early in the day. Reading for pleasure should be assigned to every child during rest period after lunch.
I usually start my day with math. After going over the introduction for the day's math lesson, I allowed the student fifteen minutes to start doing his math homework. While I am teaching this child, the other children can open their math notebook and work the problems on the page that they understand. I think it is most important to do math every day. In fact the 3 R's are a daily must. While they are working math, I review what I will be teaching in reading and English for that day. (Notice: I said review. I looked at the material the night before.)
I have two pet peeves with home schooling. One I have already mentioned is how foolish it is to give the child unlimited time spans to do his work. My other pet peeve is the fact that some parents believe that it is best for them to do reading one day, math another day, English another day, etc. If you take piano lessons, the teacher wants you to practice every day. Why is that? It is what we do daily that becomes ingrained in us. The 3 R's are not to be taken lightly. If you decide to home school, you will have no one to blame if Joey cannot do well on the ACT or SAT. (Different colleges allow certain scores for entrance to their college.)
It is a proven fact that the students who score above average on any standardized test are avid readers. Oral reading is a valuable tool. Unfortunately many teachers do not read orally to the students because of all the other demands on their time. Also, in a public classroom it is very difficult to convince some students to sit quietly while the teacher reads. I do not fault the public school teacher for not reading orally daily to the students because the students have so many "feel good programs" that they must attend. This barely leaves a good teacher with much teaching time. My children loved to help me fix lunch and clean the kitchen so that we could all enjoy whatever book I was reading to them at the time. Charlotte's Web, Old Yellow, and Where the Red Fern Grows were a few of our favorites. If you have junior high or high school students, you need to check out the reading list at your local library or public school that is recommended reading for college bound students. You want your child to experience a well-rounded reading program. Remember this; if you do not help to choose the reading material, someone else will.
Washing is a necessity in any home. I suggest that if you have three children, get three dirty clothes hampers. Put a different hamper is each child's room. One evening a week wash that child's colored and white wash. Allow that child to be a part of washing, folding, and putting of his clothes. The child will look forward to that one on one time with you in the evenings. You will be surprised how much more carefully they handle their clothes. It is so much easier to put up clothes if they all belong in one closet or room. This may sound silly to some moms but wait till you try it. You will not believe how much easier washing will become.
Purchase different colored towels for each child. Have plenty of towel bars in the bathroom so that each child can learn to hang up his towel and use it again. Once you are clean, there is nothing wrong with using a towel twice. The hamper in the bathroom is for soiled towels and washrags. My husband or I took care of these each week.
If you teach your children to work with you, you will find that life runs much more smoothly. Our children rotated task by the month. One had kitchen duty, another helped with additional wash, another to vacuum and dust, and one for the garbage and yard work. (Summer months, we all pitched in and did the yard work together.) If you had kitchen duty, you had the privilege of sitting in the front seat when we ran errands. There was no one that had a good enough memory to remember how many pots and pans we had during their month vs. some other month. This was a great way to cut down on family feuds. We did not separate the chores between the boys and girls. My husband and I felt like all of the children need to learn to be self-sufficient. (Except when it came to spiritual matters.)
After lunch we all got a chance to rest and read silently. It also gave me a few minutes to plan my evening meal. I suggest that you learn to organize what you plan to eat for the week and not be running back and forth to the store. Crock-pots are an easy way to teach and cook. Just because you are home schooling does not mean that your family must have drive through meals. You need to learn to eat healthy. Hopefully you are not one of those moms that cook something different for each child. If you are, home schooling is probably not a good choice for you.
Last Updated: 05/24/2014