The time is almost here. The summer is just about over. The leaves will soon turn pretty colours and fall from the trees. Apples and pumpkins will be in season. And school will begin. Are you ready? I am…sort of. I am enjoying my summer too much. So, to help me gear up for the new school year I am going through my top 10 back to homeschool prep ideas and I thought I’d share them with you. Even if you don’t homeschool your kids, these ideas will be helpful for you and your family to transition into the new school year.
Aimee’s Top 10 Back To Homeschool Prep Ideas
- PRAY. I know, for many of you, this is a given. But sometimes, in the midst of being busy with life, I need the reminder to be prayerful. Pray for your year – where does God want to take your family? What does He want your kids to learn? What does He want YOU to learn? We also get so caught up in our own plans that we leave God out. He longs to be involved in every aspect of our lives. Even homeschooling (ESPECIALLY homeschooling).
- Put away reusable books that you don’t need for this year if you haven’t done so already. I have books that I am not quite done with yet, but I will need for one of the kids in future grades. Last year, I packed away my Diana Waring Ancient Civ set to use for Matt this year, for example. I have packed away the previous year’s sets of Teaching Textbooks CDs. Then there are those fantastic books that you aren’t ready to part with quite yet even though you know your kids are done with them. I have a separate box for those books. I have the intention of passing them on to my kids for their children one day. Label each box!
- I have also stored away work the kids did last year – these are projects and work I didn’t want to throw out. An example would be the silly poem Matt wrote last year. I want to save that poem to use when I lead a workshop or write a post about the struggles with homeschooling boys. Believe me, it is worth saving – and not because it is a brilliant poem… But there is work my kids have worked very hard on and they treasure. So I want to save those things. It is fun for them to see work they did years ago.
- Get rid of books you don’t want/need anymore and recycle papers and used consumable books. I usually do this throughout the year, but there is always the stragglers! Get rid of them! Any books that you know another family could use, just bring them to the next co-op. It always feels good to start fresh.
- Tentatively plan how you want your first week of school to go, keeping in mind the challenge of getting back into a routine. Plan ahead to take extra time to prepare lunches, prep time, locating items, etc. I will write another post on how to get through that first week and not lose your mind.
- Older kids may begin making up their schedule for school and extra-curricular activities. Middle school kids can help you with their schedules. When I let my kids plan their schedule or be involved with the planning, it helps them mentally prepare for the new year. Sarah likes that she can choose when she works on each subject. I give her guidelines such as LA & math are everyday and SS & science can be twice a week. Or she can choose to complete her subjects in semester fashion.
- Allow the kids to spend some time looking through their new books. This helps them anticipate the year and what they will be learning. They can organize their books on a shelf or in their own baskets.
- Buy some fun new school supplies!! I found a Lego minifigure head pencil sharpener and some Lego themed pencils at Walmart last year. I found 3 cute pens at Staples for this year and I plan to shop around the next few weeks for some fun supplies.
- Before the new school year begins, have a prep day for making breakfast items that can be stored in the freezer. I have a list of options on our chalkboard in the kitchen. Consider something like this for lunch and/or dinner as well. Kim Sorgius has an awesome breakfast idea kit. I used it last year and each item was a hit with the kids. Click the link below (affiliate link)
- Pick a verse for your family for the year. Get the kids to help you decorate a poster with the verse printed on it. Hang it where they do their work. I think this one is my favourite idea. Last year, our verse was Romans 12:2. We had it printed on our chalkboard painted wall in the school room.
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