Our first few days of homeschooling were a nightmare. Torn and crumpled papers thrown every which way. The tears were innumerable… and those were just mine. We started homeschooling after a long summer break with no idea of how to transition back to homeschool. We had never heard anything about de-schooling or anything similar. This isn’t a post about de-schooling, but a few practical alternatives and tips for transitioning back in from a break.
Have you ever wondered how you should go about lesson planning in your homeschool? It can be hard to plan in detail or for an extended period when you are working around special needs. With my own family, we’ve tried several methods and had issues with planning too far ahead. We’ve also seen a lot of struggle, however, with flying by the seat of our pants and trying to be overly flexible. Yes, I said overly flexible; ha ha… Believe it or not, there is such a thing! I’m going to share what works for us, how we work it all out, and I hope that it will make planning easier for you too.
Do you keep a portfolio to track progress in your homeschool?
I am not required by my state to keep a portfolio, but I save our work anyway to compare progress from one year to the next. I’ve always been a box checker, and I suppose having this side by side comparison helps me check a mental box of sorts.
child information sheets for Leaving your kids in the care of others
Have you ever had a hard time leaving your kids with babysitters, gym daycares, Sunday school teachers? Trying to explain their diagnosis, or how to manage their behaviors, etc… Information overload. If you manage to remember everything you meant to say, will they even remember any of it when the chaos strikes? It can be frustrating for you, your child, and the person left in charge. These child information sheets can help!
If you are reading this, there is a good chance that your sweet angel is driving you nuts with tears and/or shouting about finishing school work. Don’t give up on your homeschooling efforts yet! If you are anything like I was… I needed it to work for my son’s sake and was at my wit’s end some days.