Monday, October 1, 2012

staying organized

If there’s one thing you need when you’re homeschooling, trying to maintain the household, get everyone to their activities on time, cook dinner, and still take care of yourself, it’s organization! For so many homeschool families, it’s all about the organization.

For many, this means using a schedule to keep track of family events, the kids’ extracurricular activities, and dentist appointments. Schoolwork can also be kept track of this way, and it often works well to give kids a list of tasks to be completed each day, both schoolwork and chores. Let them cross each item off as it is completed, and make sure you check behind them, especially at first while they’re getting used to the system. Positive reinforcement will make your family more likely to stick to the schedule.

You’ll need to sit down and think about what kinds of things you need to include on your family’s schedule, and how detailed you want it to be. Generally, you should include anything with a deadline, and anything that needs to be accomplished in incremental steps, to ensure progress is made. It'll take some effort to devise a system that works for you, but it'll be worth it in the end.

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