Picking Homeschool Curriculum

There are so many different curriculum options available that it can easily become overwhelming. Picking curriculum is one of the most important parts of homeschooling, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming! It is easy to feel like you need to use the most expensive or the most popular product, but you don’t need to. Finding the curriculum that works the best for your family will make your days a lot smoother.

How to Pick Homeschool Curriculum

Most people will tell you to first look at your child’s learning style when you are picking curriculum. I completely disagree with that. Yes, your child’s learning style is important, but your teaching style is more important.

Find Your Teaching Style

The first thing you need to decide is what you want your school day to look like.

Do you see yourself reading lots of books and keeping worksheets and tests to a minimum? Do you picture a lot of workbooks and writing? How much technology do you want to include? Would an online program work for your family? Do you picture weekly or monthly themes where all of your child’s subjects will relate to one  topic? Are you comfortable with teaching all of the subjects that need to be covered? Does the thought of teaching of 7th grade math make you sweat? Are you religious, and if so, do you want curriculum based upon your beliefs, or would you prefer a secular curriculum? Are you crafty? Do you want to do time consuming projects like; building salt dough maps, making castles out of sugar cubes, or building a wigwam? Maybe you want to mix a variety of  different options.

You don’t need to know all of the answers right away, because most curriculum can be tweaked to fit your preferences. But you should be honest with yourself.  If you hate messes and don’t like projects sitting all over your house, then picking a history program with a lot of projects isn’t going to be a good fit for you.

If you are unsure about what you like, take this quiz and see which type of homeschooler you are most like.

Decide on a Budget

You can easily spend over $1000 per child on curriculum. Or you can use the library and internet and school for almost nothing. Either way will work, but most people fall somewhere in the middle. We have a tight budget so I can’t spend very much.  The most I have spent is about $175 and the least was under $50 for one child. When piking curriculum set a budget and stick to it. Drooling over an expensive program that you can’t afford is  just wasting your time.

When you are deciding on your budget there are a few things to think about.

  • Will it be better to buy materials or get them from the library? Think about possible late fees and the possibility that you might not get the books when you need them if someone else has checked them out.
  • Are e-books a better value? They may be, but think about the cost of ink and paper, and the time that you will need to spend printing things off.
  • Is there a subject that you don’t want to or can’t teach? It may be worth spending a larger amount on a good writing, math or science program if your child needs it. It might be worth it to spend a large portion of your budget on one subject and then find free or low cost items for others.
  • Don’t forget to include funds for things other than curriculum. You may want to join a co-op or have your child take a class some where. You should also think about field trips, extra curricular activities, and any online subscriptions. (Like Always Ice Cream, HelpTeaching.comSchoolhouseteachers.com,  SuperTeacherWorksheets.com, IXL.com or record keeping programs.)
  • How much free time will you have? There are thousands of free worksheets, unit studies, and curriculum ideas, videos, and lessons available online. It can take s a lot of time to find what you need.  Is your time and effort worth the savings?

These answers may change, but it is good to keep them in mind while picking curriculum.

Figure Out Your Child’s Learning Style

The next step in picking curriculum is to figure out your child’s learning style. Are they a visual learner who needs to see things? Do they learn best when they hear things? If so they are an auditory learner. Maybe they are a kinesthetic learner who learns by doing things. You can take a quiz to see which style fits your kids the best.

Check Your State Laws

Now that you have figured out your teaching style, set a budget, and learned your child’s learning style it is time to see what you need to teach. Each state is different. Some make you get curriculum approved or require you to teach specific subjects. You may need to teach a certain number of days or hours. Once you know what is required it is time to start looking at curriculum.

Pick an Area of Study

Now you need to decide if you want to go with an all inclusive curriculum, or if you will piece together the topics your child will study. If you decide to go with a program like Heart of Dakota or a program that is leveled by grade, then you simply  pick the level that matches your child’s age and ability level. If not, then you should pick a time period in history and a discipline of science that you want to teach.

Read Reviews

Once you know what you want to study and you have a basic idea of the type of curriculum that will work for you, it is time to look around. Use your searching tools and check online sites like Rainbow Resources  and Christian Book to see the type of products available. Narrow down the number of curriculum options that meet your needs to three or four items per subject. Write them down along with the prices from each site. Then comes the fun part of picking curriculum, reading reviews.

Just type in the name of the product followed by review into Google and you will find dozens of  reviews from homeschool bloggers. Read a few reviews for each item you are thinking about. Look for balanced reviews that tell the good and bad of each product and then decide if the pros and cons of the product will work well for your family. Remember just because it works or doesn’t work for one family doesn’t mean you will have the same result. But something that didn’t work for my child because she doesn’t enjoy programs with a lot of reading, may be the perfect fit for your child who loves to devour books.

The last step of picking curriculum is to order, download, print off, or pick up you products and get ready for a year of fun.  Remember if the curriculum that you buy doesn’t seem to work out perfectly, it is ok to make adjustments, tweak it, or change to something different. The longer you homeschool the easier it will be to find the best option for your family.

Our Curriculum Choices

If you need a little inspiration, here are our curriculum choices over the years.

This post is part of the Back to School Blog Hop! Stop by other blogs to see their advice on picking curriculum.

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8th Grade History and Geography

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I have already shared our 8th grade reading list and choices for English and Math and Science. Today I am sharing our 8th grade history and geography choices. One of our goals is to help AJ become more independent with some of her work. I want to be involved, but I also want her to improve on her note taking skills and time management. Our choices for history and geography should provide her with opportunities to build on those skills.

History and Geography choices for 8th grade.


We have had an odd journey with history. Before third grade she didn’t have any history in school. Since then we have covered the Renaissance, the Reformation, Early American History, Creation to Christ, and the Middle Ages. She has learned a lot about history in those last few years, but she hasn’t learned very much about anything that happened after the Civil War. Most of the programs that I looked into just didn’t seem to fit what I was looking for. This year I wanted something that would keep her interest, but I didn’t want something that would require her to do too many in-depth projects.

This year we will be using –

I have a lot of lapbooks from Hands of a Child. They are well made and really cover specific topics. The plan is to use the History from Easy Peasy as our base and then add in lapbooks and videos when needed. I think Modern History will be interesting to study with AJ. I know that I will tweak a few things, but I think it will be a year full of learning for both of us.

Current Events

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One thing  I like about the history from Easy Peasy is that the student is instructed to read an article and write a current event about it almost every week. I wanted to make the current events more exciting for AJ so I created some fun pages for her to use.  If you subscribe to my newsletter you will be able to download a Current Event Pack at the beginning of August. If you haven’t subscribed yet, use the form in the side bar or the one at the end of this post.


Easy Peasy has both History and Geography courses, but I wanted something different.  When I was at the Good Will I found a high school geography book for $1. It was almost brand new and looked like a great book so I picked it up.

AJ will be using:

I scheduled out her entire year for the World Geography course. She has reading to do, videos to watch, maps to fill out, quizzes about her reading, tests on country locations, and a few country reports. I think it will require her to do a lot of work. The plan is to award her high school credit once she is finished with the course.

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8th Grade Math & Science

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Last week I shared our 8th grade English choices, today I will be sharing our choices for  math and science. AJ enjoys math and science most of the time. Since she was little she has enjoyed watching The Magic School Bus and reading nonfiction books. I think that my choices this year will let her enjoy both subjects and allow me to stick to my very tight budget.

Math and Science picks for 8th grade


AJ is ready for Algebra this year! I didn’t know if she would be ready to take Algebra in 8th grade or if she would end up taking it in 9th grade. After looking at all of the concepts that we have covered over the years I was happy to see that she was ready for a higher level of math. I am not one that usually sticks to a math program, but I am determined to stick with two main programs that we were blessed to review this year.

I wanted a little bit of variety with a good amount of structure to our math plan. Right now I have her scheduled to work on lessons from CTC Math three days a week. The other two days a week she will work on Learn Bop. Between the two programs she will have plenty of practice and she should be able to master the different concepts. We will continue to play games like Sudoku (download a few for free) and Zoologic. We like to add games to our day whenever it is possible.


Science was a hard decision for me this year. We have studied a lot of concepts over the last few years and almost every curriculum that I looked at had a lot of information that we already covered. I know that some things will be reviewed, but when you spend an entire year on Earth Science you don’t want to learn about volcanoes again two years later. The thought of making my own study seemed overwhelming this year. I haven’t felt well so I decided I needed something that was at least outlined for me. After looking at quite a few different options I decided on Easy Peasy Physics and Chemistry.

If you haven’t looked into Easy Peasy, you should check it out. It is free to use and gives you a 180 day schedule of assignments for your child to do. Science has videos, articles, games, and experiments. There are also notebooking pages and lapbooks for your child to make. We will probably skip a few things and we might follow a few rabbit trails and get off schedule. But I like that I have a strong foundation that I can have AJ follow on days that I can’t help her.

Some of the topics we will be studying are:

  • Elements of the Periodic Table
  • Atoms
  • Molecules
  • Sound
  • Acids and Bases
  • Mater
  • Forces
  • Motion
  • and more


AJ loves science so I plan to let her do extra experiments on her own. We will also to borrow plenty of books and videos from the library to go with the concepts she is learning about.

Some of the resources we plan borrow from the library are:

Our plan is to really focus on English and Math this year so I think that Easy Peasy’s Science will be the perfect fit for AJ this year.  With a few extra books and videos I know she will have a year full of learning What are you using for math and science this year?

8th Grade English

AJ will be starting 8th grade very soon, but it seems like she was just learning to read a few years ago. Reading and writing are the subjects that she struggles with the most. She has never been officially diagnosed with a learning problem, but I think she has a mild form of dysgraphia. She can make up stories and explain almost anything, but when she is asked to put it in writing, she struggles. AJ has improved quite a bit over the past few years.  This year we are taking a lighter approach with science, history, and Spanish. We are going to really dive into English and Math. Here are our curriculum choices for 8th Grade English.

Our 8th Grade English Plan


AJ doesn’t enjoy reading short stories, so we stick to novels. This year she will read a variety of books. Most of the books that I picked out are books that we already had. I have study guides for some of them and for others she will be working on literary elements using season 1 of Beyond the Book Report. We were blessed to review it last year, and it was a hit. The lessons are short but they force her to really think about the book. As of right now we won’t be studying poetry this year, but things could change.


Writing is a subject that I need to be involved in, so it often gets pushed to the side. This year we are making writing a priority! If you have a struggling writer, I highly recommend IEW. AJ likes to watch the lessons. I never thought that she would like a writing program, but I am thrilled that she is enjoying it. When Mr. Pudewa explains something she really seems to understand writing. AJ likes having a checklist to make sure her writing is the best that it can be. I have noticed that the more we use the program the more confidence she has in writing.


We have tried a few different approaches to spelling the last few years. Spelling You See was a nice change of pace and Phonetic Zoo was a product that I thought AJ would love. This year I was trying to decide what to use for spelling. AJ ended up asking if we could go back to spelling lists and I thought it would be a great idea. I ended up finding a free 8th grade spelling book online. I had it printed and bound at Staples and it is ready to go for the new year.


Most of the novel study guides have daily or weekly vocabulary work, but I don’t think it is enough for AJ. She needs a lot of practice so we are going to use a few different products for vocabulary. I found a vocabulary workbook at the same time as the spelling workbook. I decided to have it printed and bound at Staples as well.

Wordbuild Online is great but I wanted an option for those times when the computer doesn’t want to cooperate. We were blessed to review Once Upon a Time in Latin, so we will use it through the year.  I think that between all of those resources AJ will be able to vastly improve her vocabulary.


We started Analytical Grammar last year. It is designed to be completed over three years. This year we will finish up the last few units from the first section and complete the second session. AJ doesn’t enjoy grammar, but she is learning. I have learned quite a bit as well. It is a very solid program.

I will be very hands on for AJ’s 8th grade English course this year. Most of the days have her working for an hour and a half to two hours, but I think that the skills she will gain this year will really help to prepare her for high school.


8th Grade Reading List

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As I sat down to write this post I realized that this will be my fourth year of homeschooling AJ on my own and the sixth year in total of schooling at home. Some days it seems like we just started on this journey, while other times it seems like we have been homeschooling forever. This year we are going to focus on English and Math quite a bit. It is the last year before high school and I want to make sure that she is ready.

When I started thinking about the books I wanted to read I thought of novels that I have book studies for, and novels that I really enjoyed reading as a teenager. I hope that she enjoys reading most of them, but she can be reluctant to read books that aren’t about animals or fascinating adventures. My plan is to help her find additional book series that she enjoys.

Here are the books on AJ’s 8th Grade Reading List.

Our 8th Grade Reading List

The first four will be completed using the Memoria Press Study Guides.

  1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  2. As You Like It – This will be our first attempt at Shakespeare. To make it easier we purchased a version of the book that has both the original text and a text that is easy to understand.
  3. Treasure Island
  4. The Wind in the Willows – AJ read part of this book last year but we put it aside to finish our study on Narnia.

She will complete a study guide from Classroom Complete Press for the next set of books.

  1. Bridge to Terabithia
  2. The Giver
  3. Holes
  4. The Whipping Boy

She will do book reports on the next set of books.

  1. Alice in Wonderland
  2. Through the Looking Glass
  3. Animal Farm (This is part of her History curriculum.)

It looks like we will have a fun filled year of reading. What books are you planning on reading this year?

7 Ways to Get the School Year Off to a Good Start

It is hard to believe that the summer is here. The days go by so quickly,  soon the fun filled days of swimming and playing will be over. How can you make the transition from summer fun to bookwork easier? I feel it comes down to planning. Here are 7 things that can help make the transition from summer to school a little easier.

  1. Go back to bedtimes. Throughout the summer, staying up late and sleeping in may work well, but about a week before school starts try to get back in the habit of going to bed a little earlier. It will make everyone’s first day run smoother if they are back on a good sleeping schedule.
  2. Organize and clean out work areas. Do you work at a desk, the kitchen table, in the bedroom? Whatever area your child does their schoolwork or homework in needs to be organized. Get rid of broken crayons and dried out markers. Sharpen pencils and make sure the tools they need are easily accessible.
  3. Assign Chores. Make sure your kids know what you expect of them and that you follow through. Depending on your family and the ages of your children you may need to put up a chart, make a list, or just discuss what needs to be done.
  4. Go through old clothes. More than likely your child has grown since the last school year. Check to make sure they have socks and under garments that still fit. Don’t forget to make sure their shoes still fit as well. Get rid of or donate the clothes and shoes that don’t fit to make getting dressed a little easier in the morning.
  5. Stock up on supplies. This is the time of year to grab extra paper, pencils, and folders. Get enough supplies to last through the school year and you will save both time and money.
  6. Clear up any fees at the library. If you don’t have any fees, you are a step ahead. Don’t wait until your child needs to check out a book for a report to learn that they lost a book and can’t check out a new one until that one has been paid for. Try to keep your fees paid up so you can use the library as needed throughout the school year.
  7. Get easy breakfast and lunch items ready. It doesn’t matter if you homeschool or send your child to school, you need to have meals easily available. Depending on your family that could mean stocking up on Pop Tarts, oatmeal, and cereal, or cutting up fruit, vegetables, and cheese for lunch time. Prepare anything that you can to make mornings run a little smoother. Make and freeze pancakes or waffles or buy the already made kinds. Just do as much prep work as possible ahead of time so that your meal times run smoothly.
  8.  Make this school year a good one, plan ahead and get organized so that you and your kids get started off on the right foot.

Homeschooling an Only Child


Homeschooling an only child has a lot of benefits and some draw backs as well. I think it is easier to go off on rabbit trails and go deep into some subjects when you homeschool an only child.  Tweaking one schedule because we decided to spend a month learning about Ancient Egypt or volcanoes has to be easier than trying to rearrange the schedule for three kids.  On the other hand, there aren’t any other kids to answer some of the questions, or to bring different ideas to the table.  Homeschooling an only child lets me focus all of my attention on her. The downside to that is that when I am always available, sometimes she doesn’t try to do things herself. Like anything in life, there are positives and negatives to homeschooling an only child. If you have an only child, don’t let that keep you from homeschooling. Overall it has been a very rewarding journey!

We homeschool with a very eclectic approach and as much hands on learning as possible. While we really don’t have a normal day, I wanted to share what a day in our homeschooling life looked like when AJ was in 6th grade. The day I am sharing is was a Thursday – one of the few days we didn’t have to go somewhere outside of the house. The way we do school changes as our needs change. Currently our school day looks a lot differently because I am still recovering from surgery. I hope you enjoy a look inside our school day.  Parts of this post were previously published at Homeschool Mosaics, but sadly that site no longer exists.

Our day really starts the night before, when I quickly prep the classroom (our garage) for the next day’s work. I pull out any worksheets, write her morning work, and write a list of goals that we need to accomplish the following day.

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We try to start our day early, and by early I mean waking up around 7:30am. I know that is sleeping in to some, but getting up before that doesn’t usually happen around here. After she finally wakes up and takes a shower, then she gets dressed and does a few chores, (making her bed, feeding the dog, putting the dishes away) before breakfast. After breakfast, she finishes getting ready and we do a quick clean up of the house and make sure my mom and grandma have anything they need before we start school.

At about 9:30 we make our way out to the classroom and she goes over her list of work that she needs to finish.

She has to do her morning work first, the rest of the subjects she can do in any order. The morning work for today is a logic puzzle. Some days there are sentences for her to correct, a difficult math problem, or questions where she has to find answers using things in the classroom. An example would be to name the 21st president, or list two countries in Africa. I try to switch it up, but keep the routine the same.

She works out the logic puzzle on her easel.

Next it is time for copywork. I usually get my copywork from http://homeschoolcopywork.com/ but today I decided to copy a paragraph out of the book she is reading, Matilda.

Today she decided to start with history. We are using Diana Waring’s History Revealed Ancient Civilizations and the Bible. It is a unit study approach to history and is so much fun. Today we started a new unit all about the Exodus. AJ started off by listening to the audio part of her history called, What in the World? While listening, she colored a picture out of the What’s in the Bible? coloring book.

After listening to the CD, it was time for a brain break. She rode her bike for about 15 minutes while I wrote the key concepts for the history chapter on the whiteboard.

When she came back in she went over the Key topics and Key people that we would be learning about.

Then it was time to learn about the pyramids. First she read a few pages in a library book.

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Next, she made a pyramid fact chart, and then she made a paper pyramid that I found at Don’t Eat the Paste.

Then, it was time for her least favorite subject – literature. She likes the book we are reading, Matilda, but dislikes reading and writing. After she finished reading the two chapters and did a few worksheets, it was time for lunch.

While I started getting everyone lunch (it takes a while because I can’t stand too long) she began working on her math. We are using Key to Fractions. We love it. Everything is explained step by step, and the workbooks are consumable so she can write right in them.

After lunch she finishes her math on the easel.

Math is more exciting on the whiteboard.

Then it’s time to take the dog for a walk, or in AJ’s case, a run.

Next up is science. This year we are studying earth science. We are finishing up our study of volcanoes. While I read a few pages to AJ, she started cutting out her lapbooks.

Then, using the information I had read to her and a few library books, she filled in her lapbooks.

Lap books are a great way to add in hands on learning

We reviewed what we learned the day before when we erupted our volcano, and then our book work for the day was finished.

The volcano she made

Even though the book work is finished, there is still more learning to come. It’s time for cooking. AJ is learning how to cook a few things at a time. Today she decided she wanted to try and cook everything. She made tacos (under my supervision), beans, and rice. She did a great job.

Later in the evening, we made sugar cookies for a play-date she is having to decorate cookies.

When our day was finally finished, we watched some TV, relaxed and then got ready for bed.

It was a great day of learning. We were able to go in deep with some subjects and really have fun with learning. Not every day is this successful, and some days we get more done. It really depends on the day.

Surviving the Bad Homeschooling Days

Surviving the Bad Homeschooling DaysToday is the second day of the 5 Days of Tips for Homeschooling Parents Blog Hop. Monday I shared 10 Tips for Schooling on the Go. Tomorrow I will be sharing tips to help you get your homeschool ready before you have surgery. Until then here are a few general tips to help get you through the bad days of homeschooling.

Homeschooling can be a wonderful thing. You get to see your child master topics that they have struggled with, and get to see them grow and mature. You are there for the moments when they ace a test and when they get to dig deeper into a topic that they enjoy. But you are also there through the struggles. You are there when they don’t want to practice math and when their attitude has a lot to be desired. There will be days when you have gone over a topic a million times and they still don’t understand it, and days when they just don’t want to try.

On those days it is important to remember why you decided to homeschool. Are you homeschooling because of religious reasons, or because your child wasn’t getting the help they needed in school? Maybe you homeschool for a completely different reason. Remembering the reason you decided to embark on this wonderful, hard, exciting, and tiring journey will help you keep going on those hard days. But if those bad days are happening more than the good ones, it might be time to take a closer look at your homeschool.

  1. Is the material too easy or too hard? We want our kids to have challenging materials so that they can grow in each subject, but if the materials are too hard your child may shut down because they are overwhelmed. Maybe they need a stronger foundation in another topic in order to conquer their current work. Taking a few days to go over and review old concepts may be all they need. If they are working at the wrong level, set the work to the side and find something that is at their level. Remember, one of the benefits of homeschooling is being able to cater the work to the needs of our students.  If their school work is too easy kids can become board and uninterested. While switching to work that is on their level is a great fix, it is also a great time to talk about finishing what they start and having a good attitude.
  2. Do they need more or less structure? Some kids need to know what the plan is for the day. They want to know what is expected, get their work on, and be done with school. Other kids get stressed out if they see everything that needs to be done. Figure out what works the best for both of you and try to set your child up to succeed.
  3. Do you know their learning style? Knowing the way that your child learns the best is a great way to tailor their learning for them.

You are going to have some bad days on your homeschool journey, but the good days will make up for them.

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Find out what great tips these ten Crew friends have to share!
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Latonya @ Joy in the Ordinary
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Megan @ My Full Heart
Melanie (Wren) @ finchnwren
Melissa @ Mom’s Plans

Homeschooling Tips Blog Hop

This is the second day of the 5 Days of Tips for Homeschooling Parents Blog Hop. I will be back tomorrow to share more tips, but for now check out what tips the other participants of the blog hop have for you.

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Melissa @ Grace Christian School
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through the Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling
Rebekah @ There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining
Renita @ Krazy Kuehner Days
Sarah @ Renaissance Mama
Sasha @ Such a Time as This
Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling
Tiffany @ The Crafty Home
Tina @ Desperate Homeschoolers

10 Tips for Schooling on the Go

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Welcome to the 5 Days of Tips for Homeschooling Parents Blog Hop! All week members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew will be sharing dozens of tips. You will find tips on homeschooling large families, different homeschooling methods, tips on keeping organized, and so much more. This week I will be sharing tips especially for those who homeschool while caregiving  and those who are dealing with medical issues of their own. Even if that doesn’t describe you, I hope you find these tips useful.

10 Tips to help with Homeschooling on the go.

Whether you are caring for an ill child, a sick spouse, or an aging parent, it is likely that doctor appointments happen rather frequently. While having a set school schedule that isn’t interrupted would be wonderful, when you are caregiving and homeschooling you have to learn to juggle things and adjust. The time you spend away from home can suddenly eat away at the precious time that you have set aside to do school work. The doctor appointment that should have only been twenty minutes can quickly turn in to a two hour appointment.  Unfortunately, we have had our share of hours spent in waiting rooms. Over the last few years we have learned how to make the most of our time schooling on the go.  Here are ten tips to help make schooling on the go easier and more successful.

  1. Combine activities. Can you go to the doctor, pharmacy, and do grocery shopping on the same day? If so you will be able to limit the number of times you have to leave the house during school time. While there are a lot of learning opportunities when you are out and about, some table work is needed. If you know that Tuesday is your day out of the house you can schedule around that. If you have an appointment in the morning and afternoon, try stopping at the library in between appointments. Your child can do book work, or simply have fun reading.
  2. Not every subject is a good fit for schooling on the go. If your child struggles in math, then you may have a child in the waiting room who is in tears while trying to figure out their math problems. Instead of having them learn a new concept, go back to simpler topics where they may need extra practice. If you have a struggling reader, it may be best to keep reading comprehension activities to days when you are at home.  Any thing that can make a mess should be left at home too.
  3. Have realistic expectations. Your child may be able to do their spelling work in twenty minutes at home, but they may need thirty when you are in the waiting room. There are usually numerous distractions including the TV and toys. It will take a little while but over time your child will be able to ignore those distractions.
  4. Keep your kids accountable. There are distractions in waiting rooms, but there isn’t any reason that your child shouldn’t be able to do some independent work. Subjects like; copywork, spelling,  grammar, and math facts can usually be done. If your child is goofing off or not doing their work, make them finish it when they get home. We have only had that happen a few times before AJ decided that it was better to do the work when we were out than when she should have free time.
  5. Create an on the go bag. We like to have a back pack that is packed and ready to go. We keep pencils, erasers, a pad of paper, snacks, a clipboard, and a few Kumon Workbooks.  I loved being able to have AJ grab her bag whenever the need came up. Depending on what we are learning I may throw in some flash cards, a book, copywork or worksheets that correspond to her other subjects.
  6. Utilize time in the car. There are a lot of learning opportunities while in the car. Younger kids may enjoy hunting for letters or colors, while older kids can practice spelling words and math facts out loud. You can play memory games, listen to audio books, or educational cds. If you can get an audio version of your history or science curriculum that is even better.
  7. Use learning apps. It isn’t my first choice to have AJ play on the tablet for school, but there are a lot of educational apps. There are apps for almost every subject and thankfully some are free.
  8. Play games. We love to play games with flashcards. Make cards for science terms, historical people, vocabulary words, really anything you are learning about. You can play memory, or try to give the definition (or name of the historical person) the fastest. Learning and fun mixed together.
  9. School on the weekends. Some weeks we are too busy to do work at appointments, or we are too tired. On those days we may do work later in the day or on the weekend. The beauty of homeschooling is flexibility!
  10. Teach skills that don’t require book work. Learn about produce, measuring, and money in the grocery store. Learn about the body by looking at the pictures on the wall and the different models in the doctors office. Learn about life. When you are caring for others you child learns more than you think. They learn patience, compassion, empathy, and selflessness. Book work is important, but on days when regular schooling can’t take place remember they are learning important life skills.

Homeschooling can be difficult at times but with a little flexibility you can do it! Do you have any other tips for schooling on the go?

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