What exactly is a slow start to the homeschool year? You have purchased all of the resources you want to use. There is a starting point with a weekly rhythm. Why wouldn’t you want to jump right into it?
The reason you want a slow start to the homeschool year is because it is a brand new year, and you need to get used to what your new year will look like. Plus, you don’t want to overwhelm everyone (including yourself!) trying to fit in too much right at the beginning.
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A Slow Start to the Homeschool Year
When we first started year-round homeschooling, it seemed like an easy thing to ease into the school year. We weren’t in a rush. Because of that, starting slowly gave us a way to get our bearings without feeling too overwhelmed. Homeschooling in and of itself can be overwhelming because you are teaching multiple grade levels, so if one small step in starting slow eases some of that overwhelm, you ought to take it!
What does a Slow Start Look Like?
Once you have all of your resources for the year it can be exciting. You want to jump right into all of it! You have been spending a lot of time researching the *perfect* resources for your kids, and now that you have them in hand, it is time for full-steam ahead, right?!
But, what if I told you that can be a bit of a disaster?
When you go from 0-60 in 2 seconds, it can be jarring. Not just for your kids, but for you as well. You haven’t figured out your rhythm yet. And that is OK! It doesn’t mean that you will struggle throughout the year, instead it means that you need to take a little bit more time to get started.
Instead of starting all the subjects at once, take one, and start it. If you have been homeschooling for any length of time that may seem crazy, but it won’t always only be one subject.
The Purpose of the Slow Start
The purpose for starting slow is to get comfortable with the materials that you have in front of you. You want to be able to work through them at your pace, at your child’s pace. And because of that, a slow start is a good idea.
When you get a handle on the first subject, add in another. Keep doing that until you have a good weekly rhythm that focuses on all of the resources that you want to use.
You may find that you have to put off using some of the resources, even some that you were so excited about. That is OK. It is more important to get into a good learning rhythm with your kids than it is to make sure you are using every single resource that you picked out.
Slow Start to the Homeschool Year and not year-round
Did you know that even if you aren’t a year-round homeschooler you can still start slow? You do not need my permission, but I am going to give it to you anyway. Oftentimes we forget that even in public school there is a grace period at the beginning of the year, at the start of a new term, or when classes switch.
It is OK to take it slow, and you will be more successful if you do that rather than trying to force every piece of curriculum.