If you’re thinking it’s a little early to be back in the classroom you might be right, but I wouldn’t change the way we start off our homeschooling year!
As a public school teacher there is something of a shock when you go from working in your classroom whenever you want to the day the students arrive and suddenly you’re on a SCHEDULE. That shock times ten best describes my transition as a homeschool mom.
I think the adjustment is harder for me and my kids because we’re at home. (Hence homeschooling…) Our environment hasn’t changed, our behavior has to. And there is no one to oversee that but me.
I also hear this as a common fear from parents who want to try teaching their kids at home. “I’m just not sure I could make us get the work done.”
So here’s what I do. We start the first full week in August, but we don’t jump in with both feet. Today we’ll be doing calendar, our first phonics lesson in two months, attempting a short handwriting session, reading together as a family, and playing with some of the “toys” that come in our curriculum for critical and hands-on thinking.
Next week we add history, since we had the most trouble finishing this subject by the end of the school year in first grade. I’ll also throw in two of our “daily” workbooks, geography and word problems, which are 5 minute daily practice lessons. The third week we’ll begin math, add the daily writing lessons, and begin our religion read-aloud. By the last week of August we’ll add science (it has the fewest overall chapters) and specials like art, music, and PE.
It means we’re doing a full workload about a week after most of Missouri’s public school are back in session, but we’ll have more total hours since we’ve been at it for three weeks already.
This is how we begin our homeschool year at my house. What works for you?