If you’ve homeschooled for any length of time you know that your homeschool has different needs at different times. It’s important to recognize those changing times and address the needs you face at each step. I like to call these changing times your homeschool seasons.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit nervous when it comes to homeschooling 8th grade and homeschooling the junior high years. It’s all about preparing them for the high school years at this point. That means study skills, learning to take notes, and maybe even taking a few high school level classes to get a jump on those high school credits.
That elusive search for the perfect homeschool curriculum! We've all been there - trying to find that perfect fit. Instead, there are certain things you should consider when choosing homeschool curriculum -- and it doesn't involve an endless search for that perfect program! Find out what you do need to know about finding homeschool curriculum that works for your family.
When you start buying homeschool curriculum, who do you think about first? Whatever the latest homeschool guru recommends? The program your best friend gushes about? That’s what we usually do, isn't it? Instead, I want you to own it -- own your authority as the expert for your homeschool and children. Don't buy curriculum based on someone else's opinion. But there is someone's opinion you need to consider -- YOURS. You need to think about YOU and your homeschool teaching style.
Why do you need a homeschool mission statement? Homeschooling isn’t just a matter of buying a few books and working through them. You need to know what subjects to cover and when to cover them. You need a purpose that will sustain you when things get difficult. You need a vision for your homeschool that you can use to create a mission statement.