It’s that back-to-school season, as you are all surely aware. If you’re a homeschooler you might be wondering how to handle it with your kids! Here’s what I’m doing to get my kids back in the school routine – how do you handle it?
1. Let them Personalize Their School Supplies
I don’t want my kids to feel left out of the back-to-school fun even if they are homeschooling so I do a lot of things to help them stay excited about their school adventure. We personalize back-to-school supplies and let each child create a homeschool box (or in our case, school supply box) to house their school supplies.
2. Create a Bedtime Routine
Bed times change during school – even for homeschoolers. I think it’s important to try to create a bedtime routine for your kids leading up to back-to-school. Even if you homeschool or your kids don’t have to get up early to meet a bus, kids still do best emotionally and academically with a full night’s sleep. And kids sleep better when they can settle into bed with a regular routine. We’ve started reading new books lately, a favorite being the interactive storybook Christopher Can’t Sleep.
3. Be Upfront With Your Kids About School Options
My kids aren’t stupid. They see their friends leaving in school buses and people in the grocery store ask them what grade they are in. So if they ask about why we are choosing to homeschool instead of sending them to public school we are really open with our kids about the reasons.
4. Ramping Things Up After a Break
In our case, the break came after my hospitalization and finishing the book. So we’ve actually been working through much of the summer break. We had lots of extra-curriculars but we also doubled up on reading lessons and penmanship through the summer to catch up from where we were behind. The best thing I found to help with this was to be honest with them about trying to catch up. We also timed the work sessions to they were during nap time, and after dinner while the little guys were getting ready for bed.
That way they were “staying up late” compared to their siblings AND they actually got into the fun of the work. We made catching up a contest that they embraced. How are you making back-to-school FUN for your kids?
5. Leave Time for Friends
All kids need a little bit of friends time. Whether it’s letting them ride bikes with a pack of kids from the neighborhood, or attending park days with a co-op group, it’s important to have those times for your kids. I know some homeschoolers who get so settled into the home thing that they rarely leave. Read that as in once a month or less. We choose to very intentionally create opportunities for our kids to connect with others in mostly-very-supervised situations. Soccer, gymnastics, co-op, and more.
School years are magical years. Making them memorable and special for your kids is so important, I think. No matter what your school looks like.
How do you get your kids ready for school? Do you make it fun? Create routines? Get their input on extra-curriculars?
I’m blessed to be sponsored by Hallmark and this post is a compensated part of the Life is a Special Occasion Campaign. All photos, words, and opinions are original and mine.