As you may be aware homeschooling takes a lot of time and effort. Homeschooling during a move takes even more time and effort. In fact just recently this frazzled momma made a major move from South Carolina to Tennessee. I decided to put together my top 5 tips to help you homeschool/transition during a move.
Relax and Breathe – Stop take a second and breathe in and breathe out. Don’t allow the stress of moving fall over into your schooling. Things are going to happen that were unplanned and you just need to take a step back and take some deep breaths because you can’t deal with it when you are stressed out.
Take some time off – The wonderful beauty of homeschooling is that we can take some time away from the books if we need to. I’ve had to do it. This will be a big help. We can always tack on a few days here or there throughout the year in order to cover the time off. It will be okay.
Lighten the Load – You don’t have to do it all, all the time. Have a few lighter days until the move is over and things can settle down into a routine. Then you can start adding everything back in. I advise that you do this slowly.
Check the laws – Make sure to check the laws of the area you are moving too. This is especially good if you are moving out of state. After all if you are only moving across town the laws would not change but each state has different laws and regulations on homeschooling and you will want to make sure that you are following them. You can find all the state laws at www.hslda.com
Connect with a Support Group in the Area – Get involved with a support group once you move. This is a HUGE help. The quicker you connect the easier it will be to join in with a group. You can find local support groups via www.hslda.com or by googling support groups for the state you are moving too.
Over all just remember that one of the reasons that most people homeschool is because of the flexibility it gives. If you can keep that at the forefront of your mind you can make it through this time of transition without any major damage to your school year.
I completely understand what it is like to move as I am in the “settling in” stage. We’ve made the move, we are unpacking, finding our new routine and making ourselves at home. I’ve been through the totally stressed out time and had a good group of family and friends to remind me that I need to just take a minute and breathe. You can make it through this. It will not last forever. When it is all said and done it will have been worth it.
Remember momma’s, that you’re doing a great job. Keep it up.
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