It’s very important for kids to learn organizing skills to
increase their chances at being successful in school. Often times such skills
are not taught in school, but yet the expectations of being able to juggle 5 or
6 classes worth of work is still there. Working with your child and teaching
organizing skills at home will give your child the solid foundation he or she
needs in order to do well in school, have good self-esteem, and have the
courage and confidence to try new things.
A good place to start is to set up a study zone. Find out
where your child likes to do homework. Does your child need complete silence to
concentrate or is background music preferred? Every child learns differently
and so it’s important to do a little investigating if you don’t already know
how your child learns best. The study zone can be in your child’s bedroom, at
the kitchen table, or maybe even in the basement or a spare guest room.
Wherever it is, make sure there’s a large enough flat surface to write on
(preferably a desk), it’s free of distractions (TV, cell phones, and away from
high-traffic areas, if possible), it’s comfortable (equipped with a proper
chair, moderate temperature, and good lighting) and all supplies are stored
nearby for easy access.
Set up a desktop filing system. Just like adults have a lot
of paper to manage each day, so do students. A great way to keep paper
organized is to set up a desktop filing system (a 10″ x 12″ box
without a lid that sits right on top of the desk for easy access). There should
be a file for each class for storing notes, as well as a few personal files (in
the back) for storing …
Afterschool activities, homeschool get-togethers, and coffee
with friends while the kids played were a large part of our pre-travel days.
Melbourne has an abundance of activities, excursions, and groups for
homeschoolers, spoiling us for choice of activities to participate in. We
usually went along to along to a few each week. Then there were the afterschool
activities; swimming, tennis, drama, pottery, gymnastics, dancing, violin
lessons etc that we did at various times. How would we go without these?
We have missed the homeschool get-togethers, and gatherings
at friends’ houses. There isn’t actually a substitute that we’ve found for them
‘on the road’. HEA have a wonderful resource on their website for finding other
homeschool groups as we travel. We haven’t actually done much of this, though,
there is the potential there when we feel the need. There have been phone calls
and emails at times back to friends in Melbourne, who are still thought of as
if we had seen them only a few weeks ago.
We thought that kids would probably appreciate being able to
converse with other travelling children. That’s a bit harder to do than say, as
travelling families in Australia are spread out across the country. Therefore,
the ability to have an online chat in a protected environment for registered
users only here is a promising new resource. It has been organised for the kids
to be able to chat at 9am on Friday mornings, and 5pm on Monday nights
(Melbourne time) We are homeschoolers, even before we started travelling, but
have tried schools a few times so that the kids can interact with some other
children. Peter and Susan tried two different country schools in Victoria for
two weeks each to have a play. Peter really liked one of them, and found that