Home-schooling has been going along just great. The kids have learned to read, write, do math… all on grade level. But as high school looms on the horizon, maybe you’re starting to get a little leery. Can you handle this new kind of journey? Will your kids miss out on all the cool things like graduation, yearbook, and drama? The good news is yes, you can handle it and no, they won’t miss out on a thing! Let’s start with the core subjects and branch out from there (always check with your province to find out graduation requirements within each of the core subjects).
Whether you’re new to homeschooling or continuing the adventure, there are things you need to know to ensure smooth sailing and avoid upsets.
When it comes to homework, it can seem impossible to get your child motivated to start or to stay on task. It can be especially frustrating when you know your child is smart and capable, but they aren’t willing to put in the time and effort it takes to get the (good) grades you know they can. You want your child to put their best effort into their schoolwork without having to pester them and have the situation affect your relationship in a negative way.
When I first decided to home-school, retired school teachers I know graciously wanted to gift me the entirety of their saved classroom supplies, which they had each saved for just such an occasion. At first, I was excited at the thought of all those books, wall maps, ABC charts and games, but then the clutter of unused and over-saved items took over and I got overwhelmed. Questions swirled in my mind: ‘What might I need in the future? What do I need this year? What could I pass on to another home schooler?’ Home-school clutter can cause you to waste a lot of time searching for things you may or may not own, and cause you to spend more money buying things you already have! Here are some ways I found help tame the different kinds of home-school clutter and paper monsters and find some peace and organization in my home while saving money, too.
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