Wednesday, August 11

Top Ten Ways to Smoothly Transition Back to Homeschool

  1. Gather your materials ahead of time.  Start the school year off with everything ready to roll.  Make sure you have the necessary books, library books on hold, and printed materials done and on the shelf.  Pick up all the must-have school supplies for a successful year!  Not sure what you're using yet?  Read curricula reviews for in-depth and honest information from homeschooling moms like you.
  2. Let your kids help choose curricula.  For older kids especially, having some input on their curricula will go a long way toward making the transition back into school easier.  Check out Engaging Your Tween & Teen and Interest-Based Electives for Middle and High School for tips on getting cooperation.
  3. Plan easy meals for the first week.  Spend the weeks just prior to school starting putting together some freezer meals and gathering ingredients for slow cooker meals.  These fix-it-and-forget it starters will ensure that you have healthy, nutritious dinners on the table each night...even when you forgot until the last minute!
  4. Make it memorable.  Take school year photos and complete an All About Me each year to record personal and physical growth.
  5. Kick off each day with a read aloud.  Having a morning time together is a fantastic way to start the day as a family, in a slow, relaxed pace.  This tradition doesn't have to fade away with age...just raise the book level.  We still read to our teens, even in high school.
  6. Take a last-minute vacation.  NOW is our time to shine as homeschoolers!  The parks and museums have emptied out as kids went back to school, but no one is taking spring field trips yet.  It's the perfect time for a short family vacation or museum day.  Find inspiration on our Family Travel page!
  7. Switch it up with a unit study.  Not ready to dive into school head first?  Or maybe you just need a break from the humdrum?  Pick up a book, read together as a family, and work on a multi-modal, hands on unit study!
  8. Don't forget about mom!  Diving into homeschooling will quickly take its toll if you forget to take care of yourself, too.  Schedule some time each week just for it a bubble bath, quiet reading time, girls' night out, or whatever replenishes your soul.  Need a book recommendation?  Check out Mom's Bookshelf!  
  9. Farm it out.  Maybe you're great at science, but not so much at history.  Regardless of what you need a bit of teaching help with, you have the choice to pull out your hair or farm it out.  It's more common than you think, especially in the high school years.  Check out the Best Online Options.
  10. Ask for help.  Stick with us this summer for more great tips and tricks as we head back to homeschool.  We'll be covering Back to Homeschool Celebrations, Motivating Your Teens, the Last-Minute Parent, and a Day in the Life of a Homeschooled High Schooler.
  11. Bonus - If you use The Good & the Beautiful, bookmark the TGTB extensions page, where you'll find video playlists, extra printables, quizzes and practice tests, and more that homeschooling moms have created and pulled together all in one place!


  • Totally F-R-E-E

    • Snag an e-book on Homeschooling the Upper Grades.  This covers a wide variety of topics and issues facing the homeschooling parent of teens. In this FREE book, we are also blessing families with fun goodies!
    • Try 2 weeks of The Homeschool Garden morning time absolutely F-R-E-E! These morning time plans are Charlotte Mason-inspired easy to implement sessions planned out and ready for you to place in your schedule wherever it fits best.
    • Pick up a slew of free resources from all subjects from Productive Homeschooling.  These notebooking pages can be tailored to any age. 
    • Snag free lessons from the Homeschool Made Simple video curriculum, a new series designed especially for homeschool parents.
    • Sign up to receive this semester-long FREE course for high school students on the subject of Psychology.  In this course, they use video and text to take a jaunt through the brain -- how it works, when it gets miswired, and how to cope with those issues.

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    • Go back to homeschool in style with these adorable tees, mugs, and more from Homeschool Mom Style Co!  It's not just for moms...get your homeschool "uniforms," too!  Save 10% on your first order!
    • Get all printed and prepped for the new year with Family Nest Printing.  Check out their quality here, and take of 10% with code HH10.
    • For a limited-time, save 97% on a full Craftsy membership -- making this a one-year membership for only three dollars!
    • At Sparks Academy, your students will be part of an interactive co-op with other high school students. Current class offerings are for The Good & the Beautiful language arts and Notgrass history (three levels of each subject available). Classes begin on August 16th. Enrollment closes for the '21-'22 school year on September 1st. Use code LASTMINUTE to save 25%  (exp 8/31)
    • Looking for an open-and-go option? Take your homeschool to new heights with!  Explore the world with! Use code: EXPLORE at checkout to pay only $179 for a two-year Ultimate Membership (reg. $224.97/yr). Explore the World Tote included. Certain restrictions apply.
    • Pick up something special just for mom with the specials from Bella Grace & Willow Sage!  You can choose a free tote or magazine deal...
    • The back-to-school supplies cup runneth over at AmazonSave $10 when you purchase all your homeschool needs.
    • Save $10 on the Craftsman Crate subscription box.  This is the box that teaches you real-world, hands-on craftsman skills and has inspired my boys in so many ways!
    • Grab an Online Unit Study from Techie Homeschool Mom to incorporate tech into your learning!  Use code YVIEFIELD to save 10%.


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