Homeschooling: Lay a Solid Foundation

This post is the fourth in a series of six simple homeschool tips moms can do to rock homeschool and to have a wonderful year.

In the past three weeks, we worked on determining what is important to us, envisioning our destination, checking the pulse to determine where we are today, and mapping our homeschool journey. Family and education are always works in progress.

In Proverbs 14:1 it says, "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."  With knowledge of why we are homeschooling, what is important, our envisioned destination, where we are now, mapping our journey, and as we build our home [and homeschool] we need to consider laying a solid foundation for future home education.

Most homeschoolers recommend a period of detox when beginning homeschooling. Sometimes detox is called deschooling.  This is not a time to just check out and spend all day on screens. Detox is the perfect time to adjust your home routines to accommodate homeschooling. and to lay a foundation in place.  Generally, detox takes about a month for every year a child has been in formal schooling, including pre-school to detox.   

Homeschooling Tip 4: Lay a Solid Foundation

Putting in a solid foundation may seem like work, but really this foundation will make it easier to parent and educate your children.

One Dozen Foundational Concepts to Consider:

1. Family Devotions - This is time to cultivate their hearts to God!

2. Family Mealtime Traditions - This is where we nurture hearts, bodies, minds, and relationships around the table.

3. Family Read Aloud time - This is where parents stir the hearts, minds, and imaginations of children as parents read aloud to their families.

4. Training up a Child in the Way They Should Go - is the road to independent work and the seedbed of character.

- The Discipline of Habit from 0 - 8 years old and beyond.  Walking, eating, drinking, table manners, dressing, using the toilet, hygiene, oral hygiene, making their bed, manners,  picking up after themselves,  gratitude,  helpfulness and more. Leading them, guiding them, walking beside them, help them find the way. Habit training is not a check off list for little children.

- Family Work 3 - 8 years old and beyond. This is shoulder to shoulder together, working on things that can be done together, such as meal prep,  meal clean up, folding laundry, tidying rooms,  gardening, cleaning a car, and more.

- Dominion training 8- 12 years old.  This is one on one, in the trenches, shoulder to shoulder, helping them learn how to do all that you do that is not included in family work. 

- Transition 12-14 years old.  Some children transition earlier and some later.  But in transition they are learning to work alone, but also are still working with you, and gradually doing more alone. 

- Dominion 12 - 18 years old.  Some children transition later than others. This is where they are sufficiently trained and confident to handle a system of the household.

5. Leisure to Learn - This is time blocked out to let boredom teach the lessons. This is not screen time. We kindling their fire to learn and think, instead of just entertainment. We give our children a great gift, when we do not over program their day and when we give them time to be bored. Boredom gives space to creative processes, whereas, a programed life does not.  

6. Family Recital - This is either just your family, extended family or with other homeschool families. This is a time for children to be able to share and shine their projects, recitations, performance, prepared presentations, and learning and to do so in front a friendly supportive crowd.

7. Quiet Time- We all need margins and down time in our lives.  I scheduled 90 minutes in the afternoon. 

8. Family Fun - The socializing and civilizing role of having good wholesome fun building relationships. Play is not a reward it is vital to the brain, body, and social development of our children.

9. Wild Days - This is time in the out-of-doors.  Many children and adult suffer from nature deficit disorder!  This is neighborhood walks, hikes, and time spent outside.

10. Crazy Days - These are days for field trips.

11. Cultural refinement - Time to gain appreciation and inspire creativity for going to museums, street fairs,  and also in attending concerts, plays, recitals, and other cultural events.

12. Bedtime Routines - bedtime is a time to convey love, value, and build good dreams. It is a good time for adults to retire, as well. Children need less sleep than us. So, when we retire early we can wake fresh and early before they arise. Then we can create and learn with a mind not weighed down by the events of the day.

Next week we will talk about some ways to address mom's needs on this journey.

Stay tuned, consider the above exercises, and above all--Enjoy the journey!

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Catch Tip One: A Clear Vision HERE.

Catch Tip Two: Checking the Pulse  HERE.

Catch Tip Three: Mapping the Journey HERE.

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