Last week we looked at Tip #1 for a successful homeschool year: Plan for Variety. Today let’s continue with our quick reminders and Tip #2.
Tip #2: Shop with Purpose
Just as it is difficult to create a building project without the proper tools, it is well nigh impossible to have a successful homeschool year without the right resources. Make sure you end up with a stack of useful resource tools when you finish your school shopping. Shop with purpose.
Ask these four questions to identify which resources will be the most useful to you in your upcoming year.
Will this resource help me reach my goals?
If you haven’t already done so, take some time to map out what you want to cover this year and what your goals are for each child.
Will this resource help me meet a legal requirement?
Make sure you know what is required in your state or province and gather whatever is needed to comply.
Does this resource agree with my personal standards?
Read the labels. Peruse the samples. Make sure you are comfortable with the resource before you buy it.
Is this resource a good fit for my family during this season of life?
Situations change. One beauty of homeschooling is that you can adjust your schedule, approach, and resources to fit whatever situation you are facing. Choose what will work best now.
Oh, and one more reminder: Just because a resource is expensive, doesn’t meant it will solve all your problems. Just because a resource is free, doesn’t mean it will help you reach your goals. Gather your resources with purpose.
Plan for variety. Shop with purpose. Next week we’ll look at Tip #3.
Preschool through High School Conference
Another great way to prepare for a successful homeschool year is to attend SCM’s new Preschool through High School the Charlotte Mason Way Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, August 2–3. Choose all or some of these sessions designed to help you approach this year with confidence!
- Session 1—Enjoying the Early Years
- Session 2—Feeling at Home with Charlotte Mason & Her Methods
- Session 3—Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits in Your Home School
- Session 4—Putting It All Together
- Session 5—Navigating the High School Years
Seating is limited and registration is drawing to a close. Make plans now to attend and be encouraged. Register today!
Final Days to Save on Ancient Rome and Europe Resources
Just a reminder that the special pricing on our new Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome, 2nd Edition daily lesson plans and our new geography notebook, Visits to Europe, is good through Thursday, July 25. If these resources look like they may help you achieve your purposes this year, check out the samples and take advantage of the savings.