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First Day of School

Well, today’s the day. Our first day back to school. I guess I should say our first day back to a full workload. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can gradually ease your way back into a full schedule. We started adding schoolwork to our morning routine about two weeks ago. So, today shouldn’t be a total shock to the system {for the kids or mom :)}.

First day of school 2014 Nicholas

Nicholas, age 7, 2nd grade

First day of school 2014 Clara

Clara, age 10 {almost 11}, 6th grade

How I keep our kids on track

We used this simple checklist method last school year. It worked so well we’re going to continue it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

The checklist was mainly created to help John know what schoolwork still needs to be completed and what needs to be checked when he gets home from work. In addition to keeping John in the loop, the checklists really help keep the kids {and mom} focused on what needs to be done.

The kids have their laminated individual checklists for each day. Each daily list includes a morning routine, schoolwork schedule and afternoon activity reminders. As they complete their work, they check it off. I make a note of the work I checked on the bottom.

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How to earn a “free” day

I give the kids the opportunity to double up on one subject each day {instrument practice excluded} Monday through Thursday. They keep track of the extra work by checking it off on the Friday list. By doing this, they have a very light workload on Fridays. Mostly all they have left to do is instrument practice. This gives us a chance to go on field trips and who doesn’t want to do that!

 

What do you do you do to help your kids stay on track? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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