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5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Homeschool Life

Hitting the Ground Running: 5 Things to Start in Your Homeschool

by Megan Mora Fuentes

The start of the new year is a great time to implement good habits and practices. Try a new learning experience and jump-start your homeschool. Whether you like to focus on a few core components coming out of the holidays and build momentum, or you like to jump into the New Year at full speed, implementing these five concepts is a great way to jumpstart your homeschool and start your new year in a productive, healthful, and meaningful way.

Jumpstart Your Homeschool Life Positively

1. Build healthy habits

All of the number one New Year’s resolutions revolve around building new habits–new financial practices, new productivity goals, new health plans. When you boil all of this down to the core, the focus is the same. Developing the self-discipline to practice new habits and incorporate them into your life on a long-term basis is key to achieving any goal. In this blog post, homeschool mom Kyndra Steinmann talks about the importance of instilling good work habits in your children from a young age. She offers tips and encouragement for parenting through the difficult periods of habit-building and shares how she instills good work ethics in her own homeschool.

2. Find a volunteer activity

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences you can incorporate into your homeschool life. Children who learn how to volunteer their time and skills develop skills in stewardship, empathy, collaboration, leadership, and problem-solving. Check out this Homeschool Living for plenty of ways to volunteer as a family or individually.

3. Learn a new language

Learning a new language not only gives kids the obvious benefits of expanding their communication, but can also help to instill a love and appreciation for other cultures and languages, develop their communication skills, and teaches diligence in learning. This Homeschool Living is a great place to start if you are interested in teaching–and learning!–a foreign language in your homeschool.

4. Start a Bible reading plan

One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is being able to focus on what is most important for your family and children. Don’t waste that opportunity by not incorporating Bible study and devotions into your homeschool life. It’s so important that we model the importance of setting aside time every day to read, study, and pray as a family and as individuals. Check out this Homeschool Living for some great encouragement, practical examples of how this could look in your homeschool life, and tons of great resources.

5. Make time for rest

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all of our good intentions, especially at this time of year. Something that is so easy to overlook when we are making plans and setting goals is the importance of taking time out to rest, recharge, and quietly connect with family. This blog post features some fun ways to incorporate a tea time into your homeschool life as a way to consciously put a pause on the busyness and just enjoy some stillness.

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