I am so excited about this week’s episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. I have been wanting to interview new homeschoolers for a long time and have my listeners take the journey with them. It’s finally happening! I will get introduce you to the five women who are going to be joining me each month in a bit, but first I’d love to have you write a review of this podcast. I have no reviews on Stitcher, so I would especially love for you to write one there. Reviews are how homeschoolers find the show and decide to give it a try. It does take a few minutes of your time, so as a thank you, I will read a review or two and give you a shout out on the show.
Thank you so much to Apologia for sponsoring this podcast. Their quality Christian materials for planning, science, Bible, and literature are perfect for new and experienced homeschoolers alike. Find them at Apologia.com.
Teaching Tip of the Week
The teaching tip of the week is to use turn-key curriculum. I’m a creative person. I love to come up with my own unit studies and I’ve even written my own language arts curriculum. But I’m also a very busy person. I still have four kids at home and the two in college take a surprising amount of my time. I have no doubt you’re busy too. Save your creative passion for the subjects you really love and find a ready-to-go curriculum for the subjects you don’t.
An excellent turn-key curriculum is Debra Bell’s Readers and Writers in Residence from Apologia. I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Bell on Facebook Live about homeschool planning. I know you’ll be impressed by her credentials and homeschooling experience. This curriculum is incredibly thorough and is directed to the student, 4th grade and up. Your teaching time is minimal. The combined student text and notebooks are beautiful! Your child will love using them. You can promote independent learning and know that your students are getting a quality foundation in language arts. Get an inside look, a discount code, and a chance to win these two curricula on Tuesday, June 27th at 4 E/3C/2M/1P on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/psychowith6.
The Need for Routines in the First Year of Homeschooling
Now for this week’s topic. I interviewed four new homeschoolers about why they began homeschooling, what they’ve done to get ready to homeschool, and what routines look like in their home. If you’re an experienced homeschooler, you’ll enjoy hearing what Courtney had to say. We had some technical difficulties with her interview, so I’ll be sharing her responses to my questions. You’ll want to stay tuned for this month’s assignment for homeschool sanity as well.
First Year Homeschoolers Homework for Routines
If you’d like to follow along with our new homeschoolers, here is your homework assignment:
- Listen to the podcast episode I did with FLYLady on the power of routines.
- Create a system for chores. Use one of the two free printables I mentioned or another option of your choice.
- Teach your child to do laundry and to fold clothes. Watch the Konmari method of folding.
- Begin planning meals. Read my free meal planning ebook.
- Read the Routines Challenge from The Organized Homeschool Life. Save 20% on it until August 1, 2017 with code FIRSTYEAR.
I’m looking forward to checking in with our new homeschoolers (and you too) in August.