• Have a Plan – I know this sounds simple, but its tried and true. In the words of Benjamin Franklin “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. I find that the best time for this is before the school year starts, and reevaluating over the weekends, Sunday is usually a good time for me. Tweaking my schedule with anticipated commitments allows me to set realistic expectations for the week to come. What do you want to accomplish this week, month, year? What is your schedule going to generally look like? What character qualities need to be worked on? Which subjects are challenging and may need more time and attention? What supplies and/or curriculum do you need to purchase?
• Be Flexible – When that well thought out plan doesn’t go as smoothly as anticipated, BE flexible;) If you have a plan that isn’t working, consider changing your plan…for the day, week, month, or even the year. Remember, you are in charge of your day, and many times, I have found that renegotiating my priorities for that day, a part of keeping my sanity! Forcing something that isn’t right for you or your family will not make the school year enjoyable for anyone, including your students.
• Have Fun – Enjoy your children. Save room for the fun things that school and homeschool allow. Field trips are a great way to supplement your student’s learning throughout the year. And most of the time the students don’t even realize they are learning because they are having fun. Be a part of their activities when you can and enjoy it:)