Need to breath life and wonder into your homeschooling routine? Our enchanted homeschool planning tips will help you find the magic again and sprinkle it into your day-to-day learning.
Adding enchantment to your homeschool can seem overwhelming. In fact, many homeschool mamas simply quit before they start. But, the truth is adding a little magic dust can be simple and turn your homeschool from stale and boring to inspiring and creative. Let me show you how to easily add enchantment to your homeschool.
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Homeschooling can look different in every home. In some homes, you may see all online learning, while in others it is mostly literature-based learning. Then there are those who adhere to a strict Classical approach and those who like the relaxed unschool lifestyle.
But, no matter what your style of homeschooling is, there is one aspect of homeschooling most of can not escape – burnout. Eventually, we will all get to the point of questioning
- why we are homeschooling,
- if we are doing enough,
- how much are our children truly learning,
- and how can we get our children more excited about education.
These nagging questions prey on even the most organized and well-intentioned homeschoolers.
Eventually, they cause us to begin to doubt ourselves and leave us with homeschools that are no longer what we envisioned. They lack joy and inspiration.
The truth is that nothing has really changed, and you are most likely still providing your children with the resources and environment that they need. What may have gotten lost over the years is those items that motivate your children.
You may have lost the enchantment in your homeschool.
What is Enchantment?
Enchantment is that little spark that keeps your homeschool from getting boring, stale, and unpleasant. Often, it isn’t a daily activity or even a weekly activity. It is instead that occasional moment of inspiration, of creativity, of magic dust that you throw into your homeschool when it works for you.
Enchantment can be anything you want it to be, but it must work for everyone — including the homeschool teacher. It can be as simple as adding a snack to your studies like “Math and Milkshakes” or as elaborate as planning an end of the unit party like an Ancient Egyptian Party School.
Why Add Enchantment to Your Homeschool?
Adding enchantment to your homeschool can take away the “blahs” of winter or the doldrums of the weekly lesson plan. When you add enchantment, it gets everyone excited for learning and anticipating the next day’s lessons.
Adding an enchanting idea can be beneficial for everyone, including the homeschool teacher. Sometimes a fresh, new idea is just what you need to reset yourself and your homeschool. Taking a break from the normal routine can be a great way to get kids interested in learning again and keep nagging and whining at bay.
5 Keys to Enchanted Homeschool Planning
1. Find Your Kids’ Inspiration
Begin the enchanted homeschool planning process with your kids. As their parent, and also their teacher, you know what gets your kids excited. But, in this step, you’ll want to really focus on their interests.
- What makes them feel creative?
- Which activities get them energized?
- What might give them a little boost?
2. Feed Their Interests
Think about how you can feed your children’s interests.
- What activities can you add that will bring joy to your day?
- Do you have supplies for those activities?
- Will this plan keep you from feeling exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed?
3. Add One Thing
Once you have some ideas from step two, choose one of them to add to your homeschool plan. Don’t try to do every idea you came up with earlier. Often that will lead to overwhelm and exhaustion. Choose one thing you can add to your day that will add a little magic dust.
After some time, you can slowly add in one or two more things each week or month. Feel free to change those inspiring things up. Doing the same thing over and over will cause it to lose its mystery and excitement. So, rotating your ideas throughout your plan will keep things fresh.
4. Drop What Doesn’t Work
As you are adding enchanting activities, you may find some that aren’t a good fit for your family. Maybe these activities don’t bring joy, or perhaps they cause too much stress.
Don’t let your homeschool become bogged down with these activities. Drop anything that doesn’t work for you or your family.
5. Don’t Become Overwhelmed
Choose activities that you know will work for you at the time or during a given week. If your week already has a lot planned, then maybe hold off for a better time. If you are having guests over, don’t choose an activity that involves a large creative mess.
And, if everything still seems overwhelming, then use this free enchantment planner. It will provide you with checklists, enchantment ideas, and planning sheets that will help you to easily incorporate one or two ideas at a time, so you aren’t overwhelmed.
In closing, remember there are no big secrets when it comes to enchanted homeschool planning. With a bit of thought, you can add joy and magic that will make a noticeable difference to your children’s education and their love of learning.
Dachelle is a working homeschooling mom of 3 in the South who knows the importance of planning. A good plan keeps you sane and includes room for a little magic dust.
She is the owner of Hide The Chocolate, a blog about her adventures in homeschooling and parenting. She is also the author of dozens of online book clubs for kids from preschool to high school at her site Literary Adventures for Kids. You can often find her reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. 😉
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