Successful Homeschooling, Be Ahead

Get up early. If a mother expects to have any kind of  success she should be up before the children. The earlier, within reason, the better. If she is up at least an hour before she expects the children to get up she can be dressed and have her personal needs taken care of. Then when the children get up, she’s ready to tackle the day.

Why is this important to homeschool success? If the children are up first, the mother usually ends up just following them around all day cleaning up messes. she needs to be prepared so she can direct the children’s activities and be in charge of the morning routine. Then she can focus them on their school work, and they don’t get hung up on doing their own thing before school. This will save much of the battle of trying to get them to mind.

Plan the lessons ahead. The lessons should be planned before school starts. Using a curriculum that follows the same format each day will help.  If special materials are required for that days lesson, they should be gathered up before school time. The lessons should come one right after the other with no time for messing around in between.

Why is this important to homeschool success? So often mother is busy getting the lesson ready when she should be teaching the lesson and the children all wonder off.  She loses their attention and a lot of time is wasted trying to get them focused again.

Don’t hurry. A homeschool schedule should be planned carefully leaving enough time for everything to be done.  If it’s not working, a new schedule is in order. One that either includes more time or less work in a day should be used.

Why is this important to homeschool success? How well can a child learn if she’s always being pressured to hurry? She needs time to do her best work.  Quality should never be given up for quantity.


Lily Ann is a mother to six bright children. She has enjoyed great success in the area of homeschooling. She is always looking for ways to improve and loves to learn new things. Please visit her website.

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Lily Ann is a mother of six who has who finds great joy and success in homeschooling. She and her family enjoy cooking, sewing, singing, gardening, playing the piano and walking together. They live happy, joyful lives filled with new adventures. Lily Ann likes to learn new things and is always looking for ways to improve the things she already does, like homeschooling and parenting. She wants to raise her children to be honest, upright citizens.


One Response to Successful Homeschooling, Be Ahead

  • I really appreciate that last point of this article. One of the greatest perks to homeschooling is the tailoring availble to each family and each child. Knowing that we have the freedom to change any aspect of our schooling to bring chalenge and meet needs is crucial to homeschoolers.

    Taken at face value, there is nothing wrong with the first two points, either. If someone were to follow these instructions, I am sure she would experience a ‘successful homeschool.’ Unless, of course, she didn’t! I think this article falls into the one-size-fits-all trap.

    I have always been blessed by the diversity in my homeschool group to keep me mindful of the notion that there is no one way to school, or even one picture of success. I imagined some of my dear friends trying to follow this pattern. Some would thrive. Others would need medication! LOL

    After a few years, many homeschoolers seem to figured out who they are and no longer work to conform to anyone else’s standard of success. But I think about all those new to homeschooling or considering homeschooling. I know some consumate night owls who would walk away from one of life’s most rewarding adventure if they really believed that they must wake up an hour before the kids in order to be successful.

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