It’s August, and that means most parents and kids are gearing up for going back to school. While this is also true for many homeschool parents, there is absolutely no reason you have to make this month the stressful nightmare it is for so many parents of public-schooled kids.
After all, part of the beauty of homeschooling is the freedom it gives you, right? So take advantage of that freedom, and make August an amazing (not) back to school month you and your kids won’t soon forget.
#1: Take Advantage of Lower Crowd Levels
With all the kids back in school, the crowd levels at local museums and other educational attractions will plummet. Why not plan some beginning-of-the-year field trips and take advantage of the lower crowd levels while also helping your children get back into the learning mindset?
A trip to the zoo or science museum is a great way to kick off the school year, and doing so without the summertime crowds is a major bonus.
#2: Buy Cheap Supplies
If you’ve ever been in a store a week or two after school begins, you’ve probably noticed that school supplies are deeply discounted once everyone has purchased their gear for the year. You can save some serious cash by opting to start school a bit later than the rest of the crowd and gathering your supplies once they have been marked down.
#3: Ease In
Remember that flexibility we mentioned before? That same flexibility gives you the option to ease into your school year without the rules and restrictions of traditional schools. If your kids are reluctant to leave summer behind, you can make it easier on them by starting the school year slowly and adding a new piece of the curriculum every few days until things are in full swing once again.
#4: Allow Your Schedule to Evolve
Many times, new homeschooling parents stress themselves out in the first part of the year by trying to adhere to a strict schedule. However, there is no way to anticipate exactly what will happen during each day when you create schedules in advance.
Therefore, it is important that you go into the school year with an open mind and allow your schedule to evolve as necessary until you and your young student(s) find a groove together.
#5: Get Into The Loop
Whether you are feeling nervous about the upcoming school year, excited about what’s around the corner, or simply reluctant to get started, having a community can be immensely helpful. For this reason, it is a good idea to seek out a welcoming homeschool group for support. Here at The Loop, we provide that support and companionship, as well as a number of fantastic learning opportunities for people of all ages.
Be sure to check out our class and activity schedule so you can get into The Loop this school year and join our tribe.