5 Ways to Be Homeschool Teacher of the Year

1. Make a school schedule you can stick to and then stick to it. All too often we either try to adhere to a schedule that makes no sense for our family or we abandon a perfectly working schedule because we are chasing other things.  Sometimes that chasing is honorable and sometimes it is selfish.  Having some sort of order to your day will help you get so much more done than if you are willy-nilly running about your day.  Trust me…I know!

Here are a couple of resources to get you started:

Audio CD from Susan Bradrick

Managers of Their Schools by Teri Maxwell

2. Get the right tools. We homeschool moms are a frugal bunch!  Often that frugality means we skimp on things we need because we see them as a luxury.  We have to start seeing the extras as TOOLS of the trade.  If I was a carpenter, I wouldn’t get the cheapest hammer and hope it lasted.  As a homeschool mom, we shouldn’t get the cheapest of everything and hope it makes it through the school year.  Yes, we should be wise stewards, but how easy it can be to nickle and dime ourselves into oblivion when we buy lower quality things in the name of frugality.

Click here for a list of some of the things I think are worth the money.

3. Don’t be afraid to follow your children’s interests. Chaining children to their textbooks is not a good way to instill a love for learning.  However, we easily fall into the trap of feeling like we have to do things by the book or according to a certain scope and sequence without one ounce of “wiggle room.”  We forget our children will one day be adults.  Adults with their own interests and ideas.  Why not pursue some of those interests now?  In fact, better yet, find a way to combine what you are learning with your child’s interests.

Does your daughter like photography?  Have her photograph examples of things she is learning about in science!

Does you son like graphic arts?  Have him design campaign buttons for past presidents!

Adding a little delight-directed study to your day doesn’t have to be teacher-intensive.  It simply needs to be teacher-intuitive.  Look for ways to bring their interests into your day and then watch them bloom!

Resources that encourage a lifestyle of learning:
The Christian Homeschool by Gregg Harris
Educating The WholeHearted Child by Sally Clarkson

4. Be sneaky! Take nature walks.  Have picnics.  Garden.  Research things on the internet.  Bake.  Build something.  Go on vacation.  All of these are ways you can “sneak in” learning!  We have to get past the notion that only textbooks and certified curricula offer subjects worth tracking on transcripts and attendance records.  Take your school to a whole new level by sneaking it in to the things you already do!  {Again, the resources listed above are excellent for sneaky schooling!}

5. Enjoy the process! Finish this lesson, complete that textbook, get past these next few weeks, and THEN we can relax.  Ever heard yourself say these things?  We are so busy pushing through things, we forget to enjoy the time we spend educating.  Stop seeing school as a means to an end and begin enjoying the journey!

Congratulations, Mama!

You’ve just won
Teacher of the Year!

What are some of the ways that you recommend for becoming Teacher of the Year?

Amy can be found at Raising Arrows.

Angie Kauffman
Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.