So, you’re a veteran homeschooler and you’re pretty confident you’ve got a good thing going. But, you could use some tips to improve and optimize your homeschool, so your heading towards the perfect homeschool. (When you optimize your homeschool, it doesn’t mean you will get the perfect homeschool, but we can at least aim for a better homeschool.)
This is the page for you.
Below are a few tips you may never have considered in your homeschool before.
Tips on this page to help you optimize your homeschool:
- Should I Homeschool in High School and How to Homeschool High School.
- Motivating Homeschooling Teens
- Homeschooling when You Really Don’t Feel Like It
- Awesome 10 Minute Workout for Busy Homeschooling Moms
- How to Organize a homeschool prom
- Consider College/University before your homeschoolers graduate
Let the tips begin!
If you’re thinking about homeschooling in high school, but wondering, ‘Will homeschooling through high school bee too hard if my kids enter tertiary education?’ the answer is, ‘No!’ In this linked article, we look at a number of reasons to homeschool high school.
Unfortunately, many parents send their teenagers to school when homeschoolers reach high school age.
This was the case with around 50% of the homeschooling families in the homeschool group I grew up in. I find this interesting as so many would give you solid reasons for homeschooling their young children (i.e. lack of peer pressure, a better academic environment, special needs), but they seemed to forget all about these reasons when their teens hit high school aged.
Among other reasons, these parents sometimes believe they couldn’t teach their children at home any longer because (they thought) homeschooling had become too difficult.
Sadly, other homeschooling parents respond to their children’s vocal desires to go to school for high school, reasoning teenagers are now old enough to make wise moral decisions for themselves. I won’t say all regretted their decision, but I will say I’ve met a lot (probably half) who admitted they thought their decision to send their kids back to school was wrong and if they had their time over again, they would never have put their kids in school.
Even my own wonderful parents wondered about this and said to themselves, ‘Should we keep homeschooling in High school?’
They were on the verge of sending us back when they got some good homeschool encouragement from other parents in the homeschool group. This helped them reconsider.
And I am so glad (and grateful!) they did. In fact, I wrote a book about homeschooling and dedicated it to them for this reason.
Tip 2: Motivating Homeschooling Teens to Optimize Your Homeschool
You might have a pretty good homeschool and you feel you’ve got the curriculum down pat and things are going well. Except, your teenager often ruins the day by whining about how sick of this or that subject they are.
Motivating homeschooling teenagers is tough sometimes.
But, if you know how to do it, it can become so much easier.
Check out this article for a few tips on how to motivate your homeschoolers (especially homeschooled teens!), so they’re giving you the reasons they should be doing the work!
Homeschooling when you don’t feel like it can be like getting out of bed at 5:30 AM winter’s morning! It’s so much easier to just sleep in…
However, we need to remember that we’ve committed to homeschooling, and we have a host of good reasons for doing this (better social interactions, the failure of public schools and other problems with school) with enthusiasm and love.
We made this commitment when we started homeschooling when we were still all crazy excited about a home education. But, just because the excitement has died down, it doesn’t mean we lack motivation now.
Sometimes it can help to remember our goals. We want to see children whose conduct is pure and good, and we model these qualities through homeschooling.
We also want to see Christlikeness and we teach this through homeschooling (and you’ll get a helping hand from the Christian curriculum you buy too!).
Reminding ourselves of our goals can go a long way to helping us feel motivated to homeschool, even when we don’t really feel like it.
Of course, if you’re lacking motivation, have a look at changing up your homeschooling style. Perhaps change your homeschooling hours or do academic work in four days instead of five.
Or just have a break for a while 🙂
Tip 4: Optimize Your Homeschool With This 10 Minute Workout for Busy Homeschooling Moms
Do you find yourself wearing shirts from stores made for old women? Don’t those clothes hide the flab so well! Or perhaps you’re noticing a baby-bump that isn’t made by a baby…
Well, it’s time to find some time to diet and exercise!
Finding time when you’re a busy homeschooling mom is difficult, but definitely worth it. (After all, the kids need a run around too).
But, you’ll discover exercising is among the most worthwhile things you can make time for in your homeschool.
We’ve organized a quick 10-minute workout for busy homeschool moms – and, hey, who can’t find 10 minutes in their day!
This workout includes:
- 10 Chair Dips
- 10 Chair Squats
- 10 Sideways Ab squeezes
- 10 Crunches
- 10 Girly pushups (because most of us girls hate the manly ones!)
- 10 Step ups with hand weights
Let’s face it, the hardest part about losing weight is the food thing, not the exercise thing!
When I was working as a health consultant, some of the other consultants were dieticians. They told me that 80% of weight loss is what you eat. They said you can get away with no exercise so long as you diet well.
This doesn’t mean eating celery sticks for lunch every day.
Rather, it’s about creating a sustainable diet, low in sugar and fats.
Yep, you can have fun. Jus’ don’t go overboard.
A good way to ensure you don’t is to keep a food diary.
Tip 5: Organize a Homeschool Prom to Optimize Your Homeschool
Little girls love dressing up as princesses. They find the biggest dresses they can wear, and add some princess shoes and a tiara.
However, if we’re honest, all of us girls like getting dressed up.
As girls, we never really lose this desire. And what better opportunity to do this than in a homeschool prom that mom or dad organizes?
A homeschool prom can also be a great way to cap of the end of a homeschooler’s formal years.
It is the cherry on the cake.
So consider setting up a homeschool prom for your graduates.
Tip 6: Consider College/University Before Your Homeschoolers Graduate
Why consider this option before it arises?
We do this because some colleges require portfolios of what homeschoolers have been doing.
It’s good to look into the pathway your homeschooler wants to pursue and then find out what that pathway entails.
When I studied Medicine as a postgraduate, I spent two years optimizing my resume for postgraduate medical school. However, in looking back on life, I think I was preparing for medical school success since I was around 15-years-of-age. (Read Why Medicine is Great Preparation for Medical School Part 1 and Part 2.)
Perhaps this extensive preparation isn’t always necessary, but I think it’s advantageous. Try to look into the college requirements at least one year (preferably two years) before your teen is scheduled to enter that pathway.
Starting earlier down this route may make things a lot easier in the future.
Conclusion: Optimize Your Homeschool
Of course, we may never get the perfect homeschool, but there are certainly things we can do to make our homeschooling as good as it can be.
I think these things are:
- Homeschooling through high school
- Getting good at motivating homeschool teens
- Refreshing ourselves with the reasons we are homeschooling
- Making sure we diet and exercise
- Organising a homeschool prom and
- Checking out college before our kids enter it
If you’re interested in some other ways to improve your homeschool, head to Improve My Homeschool.
Share Your Homeschooling Tips with Me! – send me an email and share how you would optimize your homeschool. I would absolutely love to hear your ideas!
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