Top Homeschooling Tips From Seasoned Pros

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We could start out by saying, “These are interesting times …” But that’s pretty obvious, right? That said, it’s been on our hearts to start to share some of the things we do with our children, since we’ve been homeschooling and “co-working with our kids” for about 10 years now. So, from some rather seasoned pros to you, these are some of our “Top Homeschooling Tips.” (Please note, all photographs in this blog were taken with our trusty iPhone XS Max.)

Set A Daily Schedule

A daily schedule is definitely a necessity. We’re currently running an “A Day” and a “B Day.” And while we typically write up a schedule on the white board in our kids’ homeschool classroom at our photography studio in Arroyo Grande, CA, we’re currently unable to work at our studio, so even as “seasoned homeschooling pros” we recently threw up a modified daily schedule. Easy to flex as needed. Just grab some chart paper. If you’re on a budget, here’s a great option for under $15, though you’ll have to tape it up yourself. We find chart paper to be an indispensable resource for homeschooling, so we tend to gravitate toward the self-sticking kind. You can check those out here.

top homeschooling tip daily schedule

chart paper calendars

Pack The Kids Lunch In The AM/Have Snack Time

Without a doubt, if you’re not used to working from home and having your kids with you when it’s not a “normal school break,” you’re definitely thinking about how to get your crew from raiding the refrigerator every hour, on the hour. (Or yourself for that matter!) Here’s another one of our top homeschooling tips: PACK A LUNCH, and include two snacks. There are several benefits to this practice: 1. You spend some time in the AM preparing a meal; 2. You won’t overeat; and 3. If anyone asks, you can point to the daily schedule (just add a spot for AM SNACK, LUNCH, and PM SNACK). Need a lunch box? They are tough to find actually, unless it’s a month or so before school starts. So we’d recommend snagging up some reusable storage bags.

kids lunch boxes

Flash Cards Are Where It’s At

The easiest to make homeschool activity? FLASH CARDS! And you can make them for so many subjects. From sight words and basic math facts for younger kids to formulas, advanced vocabulary, parts of speech, and foreign language vocabulary for older kids. Get some index cards (you can get 1,000 for about $12), cut up some paper, or grab some of our favorite sight word activity books, the “100 Words” series of activity books. Pro homeschooling tip: google “100 words kids need to read,” click on images, and you’ll get the lists you’re after. Also, have your kids make them, because that alone is an activity that will take them hours!

top homeschooling tip flash cards

Have Exercise Time (“Gym Class”)

We’re super blessed to have an amazing garage gym set up. Check out our last blog, which had some more info on that! Regardless of your fitness equipment, you can do a lot at home (even if you’re completely confined at home). You got this! Get off that couch, and do it! If your crew is resistant? Make them complete a workout to earn that video game time! Oh! The best website for quick and effective home workouts? Check out The Brand X Method.

home workouts

Pick 1 Fun Activity Each Day

You absolutely need to take some time to do a fun activity each day with your kids, with your entire family, or with whoever is around on that particular day. We typically choose something that we can all do together or something that we can do in shifts. One of us will play a game with the older kids, while one of us plays a game with the younger kids. Some of our favorites? Monopoly, Blokus, or good old fashioned Giant Checkers, chess, or Retro Battleship!

top homeschooling tip family game time

Work On A Life Skill

An easy, and super fun, idea to break up any school day? Add in a time for working on a “life skill.” Pick something you’re good at that you can teach your kids: computer programming, photography, painting, cooking, or sewing. All fun. All time-consuming. And, in fact, there are some really awesome sewing kits available for under $20, if you can’t get out to your local fabric store. We like the ones where you make your own stuffed animals! Heck, you might use this as an awesome opportunity to learn something new for yourself!

homeschooling tip life skill

Thanks so much for checking out our top homeschooling tips! Leave a comment and let us know some of your tips, and check back soon! We have loads of content coming your way: movie reviews by kids for kids, our favorite board games, our best tips for “co-working with your kids,” etc.

And we’d love to connect to talk about photographing you and your family, when we’re all up and about again! Check out our portfolio here, and you can always contact us via our website here.

Love you all! Stay rad, friends!

 

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