homeschool on the hard day challenge

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Kristi
Kristi
29 days ago

Love all these ideas! I will definitely use a bunch, but I’m especially excited about taking a break from our current routine to do something different like a unit study. I love Gather Round also, but didn’t know how to “fit it in.” Thanks for letting me see how! 🙂

Jennifer
Jennifer
29 days ago

Hey! I’m going to try Dropping the Perfection. I’m going to be fine with my mom bun and not be so worried about doing each day, each lesson perfectly. I’m going to stick with the plan so that we can make progress. Sometimes I find that if things aren’t perfect I throw in the towel. No more throwing in the towel because something isn’t perfect. It’s better to have progression that’s imperfect than no progression at all. Remembering my why sounds like another tip to try because that is where my heart is and what I believe in so it should keep me motivated. I also love sticking to a homeschool rhythm rather than a schedule. Loving this challenge! Thank you so much for doing this!

Rita
Rita
29 days ago

I have tried a couple of these ideas, with varying results, but I think the new one I want to implement is putting myself in the mindset of it being my job. I have been thinking about this a lot lately because a number of my friends and family are teachers and just starting up their brick-and-mortar classroom year and I keep wondering how they get through those rough days and keep the kids learning every day. But it’s their job. They have kids and families counting on them. They have a paycheque to earn. So do I. It just looks a bit different.

Mily
Mily
30 days ago

I like to try couch school, it’s a different way to learn for them. I use Youtube too. They like to see documentaries about what they want to learn. Also, I made a library and they choose a book of what they want to read. I tried different ways to teach my kids.

Shelby
Shelby
30 days ago

I couldn’t get the printable to download, can you email it to me? I’m definitely going to let my kids choose the order in which we do things.

Roxie
Roxie
30 days ago

I love the idea of couch school and letting the kids lead class.

Bethany
Bethany
30 days ago

This is the day I have joined this challenge for, thank you!!! I think I tend to fall back on “just the basics,” but this summer I kind of did school in the summer, but did the bare minimum basics (calendar, weather, copywork), then had my 5 year old pick some topics of interest. We learned so much about dinosaurs, the human body, and volcanoes, it was fantastic! So I want to continue child-led learning, hopefully even more regularly. And I have so many printables I’ve been accumulating, I think I’ll start a new “hard days” folder with fun activities I can pull out to keep things exciting but also educational. I have a feeling these 13 steps will be key in my homeschooling arsenal, thanks again!

Kayla
30 days ago

The step I will probably implement first will be child-led learning. They like watching videos on Youtube about whatever is interesting to them at the moment. And games! We generally stick to the basics and are on the couch most days. Thank you for the tips!

Monica Johnson
30 days ago

Hey everyone! I am an academy member and it is the best thing I’ve done for my homeschool so far. I absolutely love the community and the access to all of the things that will help make my homeschool what I want it to be! I love that it is all in one place, and that I have like minded mamas to go on this journey with me! It’s an amazing feeling!

My one thing that I am excited to implement on the hard days is “couch days”! I’m even thinking of making it a fort day as my kids LOVE forts, and it will allow us to have some cuddle time as we’re learning and fill their need for physical touch! I am so excited to give it a try! Thank you Shela for the wonderful idea! I am so excited to print out the list of ideas and put it in my homeschool planner. 💜

Angie
Angie
30 days ago

I look forward to using a few of Shela’s ideas right away: You Tube learning and discussion time, Couch school to read and discuss child’s interests, Starting a routine not run by the clock.

Thanks for all the wonderful tips!

Kelsey
Kelsey
30 days ago

I’m going to implement Child-Led Learning first. I went to a public school and everyone did the same thing every day whether they were interested in the topic or not. So getting out of that mindset and into one where I can ask my child what they’d like to learn about in different subjects is difficult.

Monica Johnson
30 days ago
Reply to  Kelsey

This is my whole school year! We do this and then a math curriculum and I love it! I hope your kids enjoy it as well!

Tara Rodriguez
30 days ago

I tend to default to ‘Just the Basics’, but I love the reminder to use Child-Led Learning and Work on Independent Learning as tools to help us on those tough days. BUT, the first strategy I’m going to try this school year is ‘Couch School’. I want my kids to see that sometimes you just need to embrace that you’re feeling lazy, but can still make things happen.

Spelling out these strategies serves as a reminder I definitely needed!