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Diligence is defined as “having careful and persistent work or effort”. A Diligent homeschooler is not he perfect homeschooler that always gets everything done, but one who works hard to accomplish the things the Lord has laid before them. So here are some links to help and encourage you to diligently home educate your children.
Homeschool Distinctives -This is the guiding document for our homeschool and as a result you will find that I often refer to this post in many of my other posts. If you do not do anything else create a homeschool distinctives for your homeschool and enjoy your new found freedom & direction.
At the time I ran across the post I was struggling with being overwhelmed with homeschool, homemaking and homesteading. The idea of homeschool distinctives seem to hold the possible solution to my dilemma of balancing 0-1 year old twins (at the time) with 3 school age children.
Misty at Simply Covivial has put together the ultimate homeschool planning series on planning your homeschool a year at a time. Yes, you heard me. In the summer I take about 25-30 hours (I have 5 children) and I plan out our entire year. Then I don’t plan again until the next year, yep! We have been ultra productive since we began planning for a year at a time.
7 Awesome Home School Planning posts – By this time of year most homeschoolers are in the throws of planning their next homeschool year. Each year I return to a few tried and true homeschool planning posts to help me navigate more ‘seamlessly’ through planning our homeschool year. Planning 1 Year at a time I plan the ENTIRE year in the summer.
SimplifyYour Homeschool Planning – I’m just going to start out with the fact that some of this is going to seem like you are complicating your homeschool instead of simplifying it. This is a long term simplification. You’ll spend 2-3 weeks of time preparing for an entire year. But the result is during the year read more
Homeschooling your Large Family Part 1-If you are homeschooling one or two children you have taken on a monumental task. However, if you are homeschooling 3, 4, 5 or 10+ children you are now climbing Mt. Everest. You will be exhausted, overwhelmed and may question the wisdom of your decision to homeschool. Here are some things that you can do to make the journey easier.
Homeschooling your Large Family Part 2 – Today I hope to make you think about what your doing and why, as we discuss curriculum, preschool and keeping it simple!
Surrender Homeschool Expectations– Have you ever done a curriculum because someone else you respected was doing it? Or have you ever avoided a curriculum because there is a stigma attached to using that particular curriculum? The answer for me is a resounding “YES”!
Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus has created the best tool on the internet to make your own Homeschool Planner. It includes detailed instructions, lots of choices and awesome colors. There are calendar pages, Lesson Planning Pages, Field Trip Pages, Year at a glance and more. In fact she has over 200 free downloads to choose from. How do I know it works because I have used this format and many of the pages for my own personal customized planner. And did I mention it’s FREE?
Getting You Homeschool Back on the Right Track -Let me tell you we are currently derailed, and frankly I’m little bit concerned because I cannot even see the train much less the tracks. It’s hard enough finishing your year strong but right now we are not pressing on toward the prize but meandering around and having some issues of wildness, sloth & laziness.
– Creating a Curriculum Spreadsheet The first part of homeschool planning is determining which curriculum your family is going to use. We have spent years bouncing around the curriculum circuit and I have the boxes of curriculum for sale to prove it.
Planning the Logic Stage – Getting ready to transition from the Grammar Stage to the Logic Stage doesn’t need to be scary if you have a plan. With our Homeschool Distinctives as our framework planning the logic stage became more of a fill in the blank then a painful transition.
Last but not least from the Proverbial Homemaker, Pray over your Homeschool!
Homeschooling is tough and in order to make it through the weeks with our relations and our minds in tact, we must pray. I know I do not pray enough over my homeschool and my students. But the Proverbial Homemaker’s Set of Scripture cards should result in each of us bathing our homeschools in prayer.
Homeschooling is not a sprint, it is a marathon! So for more information to help to get organized and get after it you you can check out my Homeschool Planning Page, buy my ebook Planning Your Best Year Ever and follow my boards on Pinterest.
The most productive years we’ve had have been my most organized years. I’d like to encourage you spend a little more time planning your best year yet!
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