5 Helpful Homeschooling Tips from American Academy

By Angela Hansen
Founder & President, American Academy of Strategic Education
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So, you’re suddenly homeschooling and you need some help? Follow American Academy’s 5 Helpful Homeschooling Tips to make your day, and your child’s day go smoothly. 
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1.     Create a Daily Structure

Daily schedules should reflect your lifestyle and your educational philosophy—this is the template, or the “skeleton” of your day. Having a Daily Structure will reduce your child’s stress and anxiety because he/ she will generally know what to expect from day to day. Each family’s Daily Structure will look different.

8:00-8:30Get Ready 30 min
8:30-8:45Morning Chores15 min
8:45-9:00Morning Walk15 min
9:00-9:45First Subject 45 min
9:45-10:15Silent Reading 30 min
10:15-10:30Break 15 min
10:30-11:15Second Subject 45 min
11:15-11:45Music 30 min
11:45-12:15Lunch Break 30 min
12:15-1:00Third Subject 45 min
1:00-1:30Student-directed learning 30 min
1:30-2:15Fourth Subject45 min

2.     Construct a Loop Schedule

Do you frequently run into days when you have more subjects on your to-do list than time in the day to complete the work? Do you wish there was an easier way to carry things over to the next day instead of trying to cram it all in one? Would you like to spread your curriculum out over a longer time period or run a lighter schedule on days that you’re just not feeling it? If so, loop scheduling might work for you. 

When you begin your homeschool day, you start at the top of your list and move down, doing each subject in order. Whenever you stop for the day, you mark off the last subject you completed. When you resume lessons again the next day, you simply pick up where you left off. Eventually you will reach the end of the list and start again at the top.

1Art or Design
4Elective #1 _______
6Language Arts Basics
7Elective #2 _______
9Creative Writing
10Elective #3 _______

3.     Make Different Learning Stations

Children like to move around. They get antsy when they have to stay in one place for too long. You can create stations within one room or in various rooms around the house.

1Art or DesignKitchen Table
2Silent Reading StationFamily Room
3ScienceKitchen Counter
4Elective #1 _______Garage
5HistoryLiving Room
6Language Arts BasicsKitchen Table
7Elective #2 _______Family Room
8HandwritingKitchen Counter
9Creative WritingPatio Table
10Elective #3 _______Living Room

4.     Give Breaks!

I’m a big fan of the Pomodoro Technique. We use it extensively at our learning academy. This popular time-management method helps students’ power through distractions, hyper-focus on the subject at-hand, and get things done in short bursts, while taking frequent breaks to come up for air and relax. Best of all, it’s easy. 

5.     Explore our Offerings like Virtual Field Trips!

Everyone is welcome to join our NEW interactive and educational virtual field trips to motivate and teach students on a variety of subjects. All prospective students and their families are invited to attend the first event free of charge. Sign Up to be notified when a Virtual Field Trip is schedule.

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