7 Ways to Prepare for a Positive Homeschool Day.

How you start your homeschool day will set the rhythm for your students. If you start frantic, they will follow suit. Some of my worst homeschool days were the result of my ill-considered frame of mind. To teach students successfully, you need to set the correct tone for the day. Here are 7 ways to prepare for a positive homeschool day.

Get up several hours before your children are due to wake.

Get up an hour before your students are due to wake, and use this time to progress through your morning routine. Have your morning coffee, take a relaxing bath or shower, and prepare your mind for the school day. The days I felt rushed to get ready for the day were often our worst days. Taking the time to prepare yourself is crucial for a smooth and productive school day.

Being prepared-preparedness is required for learning to happen.

Have your lesson plans ready for the school day. Use the previous evening to gather necessary items for projects the following day. Taking time during the school day to locate various items causes distractions and prevents learning. For children who struggle with ADD, these distractions can be troublesome.

Morning responsibilities- start the day with productivity (chores, pets, plan for dinner).

Make sure school starts with a productive mindset. Before bed the previous evening, ensure everyone is clear on morning chores. Feed the cat, take the dog for a walk, make up the beds, plan for dinner, dishes, etc. For us, morning chores consist of letting the chickens out and cleaning the coops, making up beds, feeding the cat, and putting dinner in the crock pot. Set the mood for a smooth school day by starting the day with productivity.

Create a relaxing atmosphere for learning.

Before you start class, take a few minutes to create a relaxing atmosphere for your students. Light a candle, turn on soft or classical music or diffuse some essential oil. Atmospheres that are calm and relaxing facilitate increased learning.

A screen-free start

Start your day distraction-free. Every parent is familiar with the battle that ensues when it’s time to turn off the television or video game. Commit to starting your day without the distraction of screens. I learned over the years that school days that can start without an argument over screens are more productive and enjoyable.

Make sure students have a quality breakfast.

An advantage of homeschooling your children is the freedom to take a little extra time to eat a good breakfast. With the possibility of missing the school bus removed, quick breakfasts are not necessary. Children can focus on learning when they are not hungry or counting down the minutes till lunch. A breakfast high in protein and fiber goes a long way to academic success.

Set reasonable expectations.

Things don’t always go as planned. You can take all the necessary steps to have set productive days into motion and events out of your control take place. The power or internet goes down, the dishwasher starts to leak, the heat or air does not work, or one of your students wakes up sick. Homeschooling is the art of rolling with the punches. On these days (they will happen) allow yourself a little grace. If the issue is pressing, take the day off or give your students assignments to work on independently. Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed by these situations, roll with it, and the next day will be better. The important thing is to make sure that you set reasonable expectations for yourself and your students. Some days will be a wash, but that’s okay, homeschooling offers a lot of flexibility, use it when necessary.

Setting the stage for homeschooling success will go a long way in achieving academic goals for your students. Take it one day at a time and enjoy the journey.

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What is Your Students Learning Style?

Teaching Kinesthetic learning through the use of visual aids. Our lesson, is the phases of the moon.

To successfully impart academic information to your students, determine their learning styles. The term learning style means that every student learns differently.

The Four Learning Styles (VARK)

There are four main learning styles, and which one your students adhere to will impact how they absorb, process, comprehend and retain information. These four styles are visual, auditory, read/write, and kinesthetic, known as VARK.

Students have different approaches to how they process information. A student’s preferred learning style has significant influences on behavior and learning.

A student’s learning model much match with learning strategies. Matching learning styles with the material will increase comprehension, motivation, and learning success.

Education and the Public Schools System

Education is not a one size fits all application, but this is how the public education system teaches. To teach a large class, academic material is delivered through visual and auditory means.

Students with learning styles other than visual/auditory will struggle with the learning process; institutionalized education fails to reach all students. For the students lucky enough to have these learning styles, that’s great; for others, it is a hard road to success.

I had to work very hard in school to get the grades to apply for college. When I went to college, I learned the truth about my learning style and that I was not learning disabled. Until then, I felt inferior there was something wrong with me. Once a child is labeled, it becomes their self-fulfilling philosophy. I do not want the same to happen to my kids.

Homeschooling and Learning Style Education:

As homeschool parents, we can match our student’s learning styles with class material. We can take the time to find out students learning preferences and apply curriculums accordingly. To successfully match learning style with curriculum, understanding VARK is crucial.

Overview of VARK

Visual learners: Visual learners prefer images, graphs, maps, and pictures to facilitate learning. These students will watch a video on the subject material rather than read the material. Visual learners are keen on imagery to process and comprehend information. Classes that facilitate the use of media and videos best reach these students. Visual learners appreciate textbooks and written material that incorporate several images and graphics to help them absorb information.

My students using laptops for a school lesson.

Auditory learners: Auditory learners understand information through listening and speaking such as lectures or discussions. Auditory learners retain information from lectures or recorded lessons well. The public school system caters to auditory learners. If your students are auditory learners, incorporate podcasts or media lectures in your homeschool curriculum to facilitate education.

Read/write learners: Read/write learners are copious note-takers. These students learn best through reading and writing information to facilitate learning. Read/write learners are avid readers and learn well from textbooks. Often read/writer learners are self-teachers as they can facilitate learning from reading. If your student is a read/write learner, curriculums with a lot of reading will appeal to this learning style.

My read/write student reading his way through Walmart.

Kinesthetic Learners: Kinesthetic learners best understand information through tactile repetition and hands-on learning. These students process information best when they can manipulate what they are learning with their hands. Science subjects are often a favorite for this learning style due to the lab work that accompanies this subject. If your students are kinesthetic learners, curriculums that incorporate a hands-on approach to learning will appeal to these students. Curriculums that incorporate a Montessori perspective on education will appeal to these students.

My Kinesthetic Learner using a moleucle manipulative to demostrate a chemical element.

How to find your students’ learnign style.

Understanding different approaches to learning are key to finding your students learning style. To find out how your child learns, observe them at play. As children grow and absorb information about the world, they embrace methods to facilitate this approach. Read/write children will be fascinated with books, visual learners find pictures appealing, kinesthetic children want to manipulate everything, and auditory children are drawn in by sounds. While all children are mesmerized by the TV, this is not the best way to find your child’s learning style.

Teaching with learning styles in mind.

Once you discover your students learning style, incorporate aspects in class material. For visual learners, choose a curriculum that utilizes a heavy video component. For auditory learners, curricula that incorporate podcasts or video lectures will appeal to these students. Read/write learners love to read. Textbooks, literature, and writing assignments will provide necessary education fulfillment. Kinesthetic learners love to manipulate things. Incorporate curricula that provide a manipulative kit or make your own. Curricula with a Montessori approach to learning will engage these students.

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