O is for outdoors. When I was a schoolgirl, I lived for recess. Those 15 minutes on the sunny playground were a brief and much-appreciated respite from the boredom of the classroom.
Homeschooled kids are fortunate to be able to go outside far more often than schoolchildren; in fact, much of their learning can be done outside, whether it’s sitting on a blanket reading, or catching and observing insects or worms before letting them loose again.
While there are health benefits to being outside, such as gaining Vitamin D from sunshine and being able to breathe fresh air, there are also emotional benefits of exercise and play, which create endorphins that help our children feel good. How fortunate homeschooled children are to be able to enjoy the outdoors during the week instead of just on weekends!
Now available: the 3rd edition of Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers, completely revised and expanded. Check it out!
L is for location. There’s a saying in real estate: “Location, location, location.” It means that no matter how beautifully built and decorated a house is, if it’s located next to a garbage dump, it’s not worth as much as a house with a park-like setting.
Location is also important when homeschooling your children. They won’t learn as much or have as much fun if they’re forced to sit in the same spot day after day to “do school.” Try varying your routine. Spend time in the park watching birds, at the grocery store weighing vegetables, in your basement finger-painting, and out in your neighborhood on a rainy day checking puddles for frogs. A variety of locations can make homeschooling more interesting and fun for your children…and you.
(Just out in print: the 3rd edition of Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers, completely revised and expanded. Check it out!)
B is for balance. Homeschooling can take up every single day if you let it. Some curriculum products will literally fill your day from 9 to 5; if you sign your children up for every outside activity that interests them, you could end up with a schedule that will burn out you and your children simultaneously! Instead, strive for balance:
Balance teaching time with free-learning opportunities.
Balance inside time with outdoor time.
Balance math time with art time.
Balance time as a group with time alone with each child.
Balance is the key to long-term homeschooling.
Just out in print: the 3rd edition of Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers, completely revised and expanded. Check it out!
I originally wrote this curriculum for my eldest daughter and used it for her and her brother when they were doing homeschool high school. It was first published in 2003. We added to it and used that second edition (2006) for our youngest daughter when she was a homeschooled teen.
Homeschooling parents continued to buy the curriculum all these years, but over time I started thinking about how it needed to be updated. Two years ago, I began that work, but a serious illness with hospitalization interrupted my efforts. Just about the time I began regaining my strength, my husband was hospitalized with the same illness. So we had some hurdles, but thank God we’re doing better and we were able to finish the third edition of Life Prep just in time for the June 1 publication date.
It’s a lot bigger now! There are six new projects:
Debt Penalty Project
Debt Calculator Project
Student Loan Project
Checking Account Project
Debit Card Project
Bank Safety Project
Other features of this updated and expanded edition include:
The new “Work or College?” section helps you determine if your teenager is “college material.” Given the tremendous increase in college costs over the past 14 years, you can’t afford to miss that section. Another new feature of that section shows you and your teen how to research potential careers to determine which ones are financially viable.
I’ve added two terrific books to the Reading List: The Treasure Principle and George Muller: Man of Faith and Miracles.
The Financial Freedom project has been updated to reflect current prices, and the Health Insurance Project has been updated with regards to the Affordable Care Act.
The curriculum gained 34 pages and now has color illustrations.