I was tagged over at Trinity Prep School a while back and am just now getting around to answering the meme. I enjoyed the answers they gave, so you’ll have to click over and read her links. I’ll keep it short because we have got to get the ball rolling today and get school done… too much to do, too little time!
SevenFive Habits of Highly Effective
New School Years
(Just for fun, mine is organized with
the “KONOS five D’s!”)
1. Do–To Capture Attention:
Start your day with the Lord. Write in a prayer journal to see how God is answering prayers and moving in your life. Memorize scripture verses and read the Bible with your kids. The day goes so much better when you start it right!
2. Discover–to Foster Thinking:
Have fun. KONOS and unit study methods are the way we do this best. Remember to laugh, sing and play while you learn. Studies show that laughing and being happy actually increases learning and memory retention! Hands-on learning stimulates the brain! Let your kids discover new ways to meet objectives and find out information. Ask interesting questions that help them make their own connections with the material that will increase their understanding and spark their enjoyment of learning.
3. Dramatize–to Visualize:
Plan ahead and follow through. Take time out the month before, the week before, and the night before to go over your goals, review the curriculum, and gather up library books and supplies. An ounce of planning may just be the prevention of homeschool mom burn-out and bad days at home! Reward the kids for getting their school work done. Don’t overload your days and schedule in plenty of free time and physical activity each week to keep the wiggles at bay!
4. Dialogue–to Internalize:
Limit activities outside the home. Keep your play-dates, co-op meets, library days, sports, clubs, and errands limited to one day to minimize distractions and increase your ability to accomplish academic goals. Also limit your distractions at home so that you are able to keep the kids on task. Only answer the phone if you are expecting a phone-call that is school-related. Keep the kids on a routine that will promote efficiency with your schedule.
5. Drill–to Crystallize:
Provide good books – As many original and unabridged books as you can supply! Read to your kids. Read around your kids. Let them see how much you enjoy reading so they will model it. Keep a home library and keep your library card maxed out with check-outs. Require reading every day. Read family chapter books in the evenings. Give rewards for reading books. Let the kids write book reports and dramatize stories in books. Let them listen to books on tape or see Reading Rainbow re-runs where other people read books aloud. Literature is a window to learning!
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