Sweet Sharer: Madison Hewerdine

Tips for the Big Homeschooling Challenges

Being homeschooled from kindergarten to freshman year of high school I was able to see the things that worked and the things that didn’t work for both home and public school.  There were things I liked and disliked about both types of schooling as a kid. Now it is easier to see what the major challenges were for homeschooling and some tips that could help others with those challenges.

There are many different challenges that come with homeschooling, but the big ones focused on below are, curriculum, time management, and staying motivated. Each challenge is described then tips are given to try and help overcome those challenges.

Curriculum: Choosing a curriculum for the school year is probably one of the hardest things for homeschooling parents. Some would like to get their children to be ahead, others want to move right along with the public schools and others just want to know what the requirements are. Social studies lesson plans alone can be frustrating to plan because there are so many different ways to approach that subject. Some tips that will help in choosing a curriculum are: determine time goals, determine learning goals, consider learning styles, organize priorities, and do some research.

Time goals will help you figure out if you want to have lessons for each day, week, or month and how to figure those out. Learning goals, if your child is struggling in some areas maybe you need to focus on those areas first or spend more time on them. Children all learn differently, consider the learning styles of your children while choosing a curriculum. What are your family’s priorities? Do some curriculums meet them better than others? Answer those questions by doing a lot of research and you should be able to find a curriculum that fits your needs and your children’s needs.

Time management: Managing time can be very difficult as a homeschooler. There are no bells that regulate the time spent on each subject and sometimes it is easy to get off track. Here are some time management tips that can help: slow down, create a list, Prioritize, and divide and conquer.

Slowing down and getting rid of distractions will help you and your children to focus which will save time. Creating a list of things to do for you and for your kids will give them something they can control because they know exactly what is expected of them. It will also help you to be able to check things off as you go. Prioritize the things you have to do so that you do not spend absurd amounts of time doing things that just aren’t that important. Divide the goals and things that need to get done amongst you and the kids, the more the merrier and the faster things get accomplished.

Stay motivated: Many of the tips that were listed under time management will also help you in your goal to stay motivated. One other thing that will help is to keep the end goal in sight. When nothing is working out the way you planned and it’s all going wrong try to think of the end goal, it will help you stay focused and stay motivated.

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Madison Hewerdine is an author who writes about social studies lesson plans and loves being in the sun.