Saturday, August 19, 2006

Seven Habits of Highly Effective New School Year


Trinity Preschool

 invited me to participate in the

Seven Habits of Highly Effective New School Year.

(You can get to her blog by clicking the graphic)


As we begin our 2nd year of 'legal' homeschooling, I tend to look at it as more of an adventure. Since we are just coming out of the summer vacation mode, I am going to approach this post with that in mind -- to make homeschooling sound fun -- more like a family vacation.



1. PICK A DESTINATION ~ More commonly known as goals.  Where do you want to see your child/ren this time next year - or even in 6 months. You have to know where you want to go before you can make an attempt to get there.


2. GET OUT YOUR MAPS ~ For homeschoolers, we call these lesson plans!! (I might need to add here that when your draw out your maps -- do it in pencil - and have plenty of erasers nearby!! These maps help us to get where we are going..usually by the quickest/shortest route - unless you are a homeschooler and you have to go off the beaten paths to see things that are neat and educational!


3. BE PREPARED FOR DELAYS ~ Yep, it's inevitable -- you are going to run into delays where ever you go...always have something to help those delays along.  Most of us call those delays life -and there is always something to learn from life happening around your schooling.


4. TAKE THE DETOURS ~ Sometimes when you come upon delays - instead of waiting them out, you go another direction. If the textbooks aren't working, pull out something else.


5. BE PATIENT ~ No one gets anywhere being all stressed out and uptight -- not good for you and surley not good for your children.  If they are struggling with something, be patient -- it will click when the time is right for it to click with them.


6. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS ~When you are on vacation, there are sooo many fun things to go and do.  Well, stop where you are at now and look around your home may find new and interesting things right there under your nose that you can do!


7. HAVE FUN ~ That's right!  No matter what you do, what approach you take or how many people think you have a bad idea - your kids will learn more if you make it fun for them!!




  1. Christa,

    Your husband must not appreciate real creativity like other homeschool moms do! I think your contribution to this project is one of the best because of the analogy you created....everyone can relate to what you wrote. New and veteran homeschoolers alike will appreciate your insights.

    Thanks again....I'm adding you to my FRIENDS list so I can come back and visit again soon.


  2. My highest goal for my children is that they would love to learn, and making it fun to learn is a key to that. But it is very easy for me to get off course focusing too much on what "Needs" to get done, and forget the joy of learning part.

    So , thank you for the reminders! I loved your list, and I love the 7 habits theme- it is great!


  3. I really enjoyed reading your responses to this question. I've posted a list as well if you are interested in checking it out.


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