Are you planning your first year of homeschool?
The very first step as a new homeschooler, or before you start a new year is to identify your family values and vision.
In the coming weeks I'll share tips on creating home systems so you can keep things running as smoothly as possible, and I'll also give you tips for homeschooling each subject, but before you get to practical steps it's important to know why you are doing this in the first place.
I love homeschooling, I love being with my children, but it is work.
If you jump in, you will have to be a little bit more organized with meals, you will have a little bit less alone time, so knowing why you are doing this, and having a vision that is clearly defined will be a huge blessing when you do encounter a difficult day.
So start this week with just writing down a few reasons why you want to do this.
Do you want more time with your kids?
Do you want to preserve childhood and innocence and creativity for them?
Do you want to better prepare them for college or life?
Do you want to travel? When you know your why it will help you weather the rough days and stay consistent with your vision.
One helpful resource for knowing your why and developing a vision is the Peaceful Life Workshop. We include an amazing workbook for evaluating your vision, goals, and routines, as well as a workshop replay where I talk you through filling it out. It's a great simple step to take as you get started homeschooling.
The other resource that can empower you to have a successful homeschool is The Peaceful Loop
Each week you get a fun new lesson to do with your preschooler or kinder students as well as access to our encouraging private group. We've been working through the book, Habits of the Household together which is an excellent resource for developing basic good habits. As we work together on these habits we are creating healthy rhythms for a happy, holy home.