Steps For A Great Back to Homeschool

Even in the homeschool world things can play out crazily for the first day of school. The weeks leading up to it.. Homeschool moms are typically looking for the best deals on school supplies. Wardrobes aren’t the same priority when you can do school in your jammies but my kids still get some new threads and the back to coop outfit.

But on the first day of school at home things really kick into high gear. The first day of school can be overwhelming for me who will be teaching 12th, 9th, 7th, 3rd, K5 and a K4 and adding a very active and cute 3 year old thru adoption hopefully by the end of the year or other moms teaching many ages or just one age.

So, for all of those homeschool moms who will have a very busy first day of school this year, I want to give you some ideas to have a successful first day of homeschool!

1. Make a Schedule….just do it. This is the part i struggle with the most but my most favorite part. A schedule is nothing more than a written plan for your day. There are many different types of schedules with different levels of detailing. When the going gets tough, you can always leave the schedule but if there is no written plan things are likely to be left undone. So, have a written plan! Any schedule is better than no schedule.

2. Start before the first day or take it one step at a time. Aside from a written plan, Get a plan for the ‘littles’, if I can keep the littles occupied and quiet… My older kids do fabulous.

3. The first day of school, my kids are always curious about new books, notebooks, computer programs, note cards, supplies, and on and on. So, we do little “school” on the first day of school…although they do learn a great deal. Since we have the entire school
Year, I let them have a chance to thumb through things and become familiar with each book or program during the time when they will be doing that subject. They can also ask all of those hundreds of questions, i know they will have. I look for an extra special project, art, experiment, or kitchen fun in the first few days of school.

4. Start your school day with a high protein breakfast. And plan out your meals. I can not stress this enough. In fact I will have another blog post on just that.. Menu planning. But put supper in your crock pot.. So your day can be carefree!!

5. Best for Last! Remember to stop and laugh.. Smile. Don’t be stressed. Look for opportunities throughout your day with your kids to just stop and enjoy the moment. Sometimes I get so focused on completing a project or schedule.. I miss the fun loving parts of my day. Learning is fun!!

Enjoy your back to ‘homeschool day!

~Tot School~

The big kids are gone this week and I am left with my 2 little sweeties at home! We are missing them terribly. But decided to get busy getting our homeschool ready. One new fabulous issue we are dealing with this year is a little preschooler, so we must have things ready to keep her busy and I don’t allow the TV on during school ours, so that is an out. I have made some fabulous new friends through this adoption process that have fantastic ideas. Something I have learned from them is Tot School. Basically, not just providing them with learning toys but being INTENTIONAL with them doing it. How many learning toys do we have at the bottom of our toy boxes that never get played with? Well we are intentionally playing with these toys. I have come up with about 15 different activities that we will alternate throughout the weeks and intentionally put them on a ‘Tot Tray’ during school hours for her to do.:)

Here is one of the activities that she had to get started on immediatly. And of course my little social butterfly is always ready for a picture!!! She is matching little foam shapes to the coordinating colored page. Here is my little ‘tot’….sorting her little colored bears into colored cups. Her hair is pulled up….not cut!;) Couldnt cut those curls!:)

Tot Trays Blog to follow…onto to older homeschool planning.:)

My School Plan 2009-2010

This will be my 9th year of homeschooling. Seems like I just started yesterday!!! And I have finally been bitten by the Back to School bug….I was getting a little worried as it is almost starting time again and I hadn’t really felt like getting organized. Even though I already had all my curriculum, I hadn’t written out my plan.

So here it is…

Chloe—8th Grade

Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra
Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science
Writing Strands Level 3 and 4
Living Books from Queens Homeschool ( Streams to the River to the Sea and Mr Revere and I)
Wordly Wise
Spelling Power
MFW History, Geography, Science
From co-op:
Literature (reads 6 classics), Art Appreciation, Us Government, Medieval Times, Gym, Science

Blake— 5th Grade

Math U See Delta
Apologia Botany (1st Semester) and Apologia Astronomy (2nd semester)
Writing Stands Level 2
Spelling Power
Explode the Code Level 4
Easy Grammar
Language Lessons for the Elementary Child 2 by Queens
Universal Cursive Writing
MFW History, Geography, Science
From co-op:
Medieval Times, PA history, Gym, Space Program, People and Places, Intro to Physics

Camye —-3rd grade
Math U See Gamma
Apologia Botany and Apologia Astronomy
Explode the Code
Spelling Power
Language Lessons for the Elementary Child 1 by Queens
Universal Cursive
MFW Science, History and Geography
From co-op:
Gym, MFW Geography, Intro to Writing, History (Christian Heros), Art, Magic School Bus


I dont usually push my kids do to do “school” until Kindergarten. BUT Paul says he must get ready for kindergarten….so here is what he will be doing.

Kumon Cutting and Pasting

Kumon Alphabet Games

Kumon Mazes (crazy for mazes)

Kumon Uppercase Letters

Rod and Staff’s preschool curriculum
That all may seem like alot!! But it really will all fit just perfectly… so now to get all my school supplies and prepared for my Medieval Times class I am to teach at our I will be ready to go. Oh and the dreaded scheduling of classes..ballet, soccer and music…