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Aug 15, 2012

Starting a New School Year - How to Prepare for a Great One! Part Two

Tracy Klicka MacKillop

Dear homeschooling moms,

Last week I shared some foundational tips to help you plan for a great next school year. If you missed that post, click HERE to read this list. In addition to those, here are a few more thoughts on how we can prepare for a super year of homeschooling:

1. Be honest about your school year – No matter how much you plan or get organized, you are going to have bumps along the way. You very well may have to switch to a curriculum that works better for your child than what you started with. You might need to invest more time in a particular subject that you had originally anticipated (for us, that usually math or writing). Knowing this ahead of time will make for less stress and greater flexibility for everyone.

2. Be honest with yourself – You are probably harder on yourself than anyone else will ever be, so when you feel inadequate as a teacher and/or mother, remember that no parent is perfect, no teacher knows it all. Give yourself room to be human; admit to yourself and your children where you’re struggling, and then press on. Receive the gift of grace God gives, and give it freely to each other.

3. Establish flexible routines – a schedule benefits everyone, both mom and kids. Daily, realistic routines help build faithfulness in little things and prepare your children to be faithful in bigger things. The key to a good schedule is being realistic: don’t over commit to outside activities no matter how good they are; leave room for training your children when they are young; plan your days to use your best time of the day for your most demanding school subjects; and finally, set regular times each day for chores and personal responsibilities.

4. Don’t forget to have fun! – As a homeschooling mom, it’s easy for me to focus on the chores, the science and math and English, the meal preparation and clean up, the laundry…we could go 24/7 and never finish all that ‘needs’ to be done in a day! Remember, though, that you are on a journey with your children and there are joyful adventures waiting to be taken together—observing God’s creation on nature walks, exploring history and art, listening to beautiful music, plus playing games and even just being silly and laughing together. It’s all part of the wonderful gift of homeschooling your children.

5. Finally, trust the Lord with all your heart – I love the fact that God is actively involved in helping us to do what He calls us to do, both as a parent and as a homeschooler! A few verses in Scripture that have been staples for me in my endeavor to be a godly parent and helpful teacher for my kids remind me God is at the center of all we do, and our primary job is to offer up faith in Him—this is what pleases Him most!

  • Hebrews 11:6And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and the He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
  • Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart an do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
  • Psalm 84:11 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
  • Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
  • Psalm 57:2 “I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes ALL things for me.”

Here’s hoping you experience a great journey with your children this next year, by God’s grace, and for His glory!

There’s no place like home,