Not-Back-To-School Giveaway!

Homeschooling in Detroit is all about helping homeschoolers plug-in, connect and find the resources, support and advice they need in their journey.

In the spirit of sharing and support, we’d love to hear your best homeschool advice. Do you have a great tip for keeping organized?  How do you evaluate your curriculum needs?  What do you do when your extended family isn’t supportive?  We all have different perspectives on these topics and more!

Leave a comment with your advice and you will be entered to win a $30 Target gift card!

If you’re a new homeschooler and seeking advice, we’re not going to leave you out of the fun!  Leave a question in the comments section and you’ll be entered too!

We’re going to give extra entries to anyone that follows us and gives us a shootout on Twitter (@HomeschoolDTW).

Here’s the official rules:

  • Contest is open from 8:00 am EST, Monday, August 29th through 8:00 am, Saturday September 3rd, 2011.
  • A winner will be selected at random an announced on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.
    • The winner will be required to provide his or her name & mailing address within 5 business days of winning notification.  If the winner does not respond within this timeframe, an alternate winner will be chosen.
  • To enter:
    • Leave a homeschool-related question or homeschool-related advice in the comments section. (Limit 1 question and 1 advice comment per person)
  • Extra Entry:

 

8 thoughts on “Not-Back-To-School Giveaway!

  • Best advice for staying organized/on target-

    Only plan out about 6-8 weeks out for your intended goals, so that you do not become overwhelmed. Esp. since “life happens” which undoubtedly will throw everything off. By only have a couple months planned, you can adjust and realign your goals without having to completely redo/plan everything. That helps avoid you becoming frustrated with “I could have, should have” or “we should be” but rather you can simply plan out your next set of plans based on what you did accomplish, and what you still need to work on.

    Also-taking the time to make notes, and do any and all prep work before you get to that area of study will save you tons of frustration and keep you from falling into an abyss of “we’ll get to it later” [many never do], while losing the interest of your students and yourself. So planning a few days where you have “mom prep time” is a very wise idea. Just work steadily for those few days to get it all done-then you will save yourself so much time in the end b/cuz you will be organized.

    I will make print/cut/bag up any material for projects and label them (storing them in a tote) to pull out as we come along to that activity. That way I am not running off and hunting to get the stuff together while in the midst of the lesson. Using a program or schedule book is a great way to keep relatively on track or even just a running check list to help you see what you have accomplished and what you still need to work on will help in over all organization.

    Workboxes have helped immensely with keeping my students organized, on target and moving forward with their assignments while keeping the level of frustration low b/cuz they know exactly what they have to do for just that day, and it is broken into manageable portions so they won’t become overwhelmed.

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    We’re new to homeschooling, but having a goal for the day is always helpful to me.

  • I have found that only planning 4 days of the week for homeschool has worked wonderfully for our family of 3. I work part time and it leaves room for me to have big meetings, or field trips, or just a day of the week that things “dont’ go well”. It has been wonderful to take those show stopper days and just STOP! We regroup, get out of the house, and start over the next day… It really keeps us on track and going strong.

  • My best tip is to not be so hard on yourself – or myself. It seems like I’m the one that sets the bar high and keep pushing. But we do all right and it’s ok.

  • Last year was my first year homeschooling. One thing I happily discovered was that my children asked so many questions that my lesson plans were often not necessary. Because of their questions we learned about algae, moon phases, mummies, spider webs, bird nests, and all kinds of things! It is so much more fun and meaningful for children to learn something at the moment it sparks their interest.

  • My advice is to plan activites a few days ahead and keep the teaching materials organized. Thank you for the giveaway!

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