Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Homeschooler Orientation

I have taken on the great task of doing the New Homeschooler Orientation Meetings for HEN. I am thrilled to do this. I am excited to see all the faces of those families considering or new to homeschooling. I still remember going to my first orientation. I was so confused, excited, full of anticipation, and scared stiff! I had lots of questions and weighed all the pros and cons for the situation! If you have any practical and fun tips for new homeschoolers...be sure to post them in the comment section. Here are some good ones to start with:

Shana's Practical Tips for Homeschooling

  • Buy an electric pencil sharpener
  • Join HEN and HSLDA
  • Remember why you are doing this and write it down...you will refer to it and need it later!
  • Be flexible with your schedule...think outside the box
  • Printers and scanners can be a life saver...VERY useful
  • Let your kids move...or bounce...or roll...or read upside down
  • Have a plan for when things don't go as planned
  • Subscribe to HEN etree and HS etree (it's free)...just send "subscribe" to hsetree@gmail.com and send "subscribe" to etree@omahaHEN.org
  • Don't compare yourself to others. Do what is best for your family
  • Use the Internet...google and YouTube anything and get lots of ideas
  • Let your house go...a little bit (you cannot do it all...all the time)
  • Ask to look at curriculum...homeschoolers like to share
  • Teach your kids "life skills"
  • Get your family involved (Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Siblings)
  • Get involved in your community
  • Get involved with a support group
  • Use your public library
  • Get Dad hooked up with Family Man Ministries at http://www.familymanweb.com/
  • Pray for grace and gentleness and don't yell so much at your kids!
  • NEVER give up (from my 10 year old!)


Anonymous said...

Here's a few I got from a Veteran Homeschooler whose daughter graduated last year:

If you are homeschooling just one or two children, definitely join a co-op.

If you are beginning a new curriculum and it isn't working for your family, sell it on eBay or a used curriculum forum TODAY and try something else. Don't use it just because you spent a lot of money on it.

Expect: The first year will be difficult. The second year will be familiar. The third year will be a way of life!

If a day is going badly, put the workbooks down, go outside or to the library and read something fun. Your WORST day of learning is BETTER than the BEST day at public school.

On average per state, teachers are required to spend TEN minutes per subject, per week, one-on-one with your child. Can you do more than that with your child this week?? You betcha!

How exciting, Shana! I hope you enjoy this new adventure :o)


Shana B. said...

Great advice!!!

kate said...

Great job for being an encouragement to new bees! I think it is hard that first year not to compare and just try to find your way...Everyone is soo different!