Some Ingredients for a Successful Home School
  • Prayer and a willing attitude
  • A sense of humor
  • Discipline & encouragement
  • Resistance to comparing your homeschool to others'
  • Rejection of the false expectation that homeschooling will always bring perfect results
  • Flexibility
  • Family unity and aligned goals
  • Well-ordered priorities
  • Commitment to success

Organization for Your Home School
  • Set up a place for your child to keep schoolwork, books, and supplies. 
  • Create a place for you to keep your daily tools and supplies.
  • Invest in some bookshelves. (We have yet to meet the homeschooling mom who says she has enough bookshelves!)
  • Consider filing cabinets, plastic storage tubs, baskets, and crates as helpful storage tools as well.
  • Assign locations for all regularly-used materials, such as reference books, art supplies, math manipulatives, science equipment, educational games, etc.
  • Designate a place to store treasured samples of your child's work. Realize that you will not be able to save every item your child produces. Sort and keep only what is important to you.

Logistics for Your Home School
WHO will teach your children?
  • Mom? Dad? Both?
  • Outside tutors or teachers?
  • Cooperative group teaching?

WHERE will your child work?
  • Does your child need a lot of assistance and direction?
  • Does your child need a quiet location with few distractions?

WHEN will you teach?
As long as you meet the minimum legal requirements (CPI requires at least 148 days per school year, at least 37 days each school quarter), you can design any plan that works for your family.

HOW scheduled will you be?
  • Every family has a unique level that works best.
  • No matter how scheduled or relaxed you are, you'll find daily established routines are helpful tools.

Discipline for Your Home School
  • Seek God's wisdom and strength as you discipline yourself to take on the responsibility of your children's education.
  • Ask God for guidance and direction as you evaluate your children's behavior, set goals for their character development, and carry out your plans.
  • Help your children learn how to be patient, to wait their turn, and to find something productive to do  while they wait.
  • Schedule one-on-one time with each child.
  • Group-teach subjects like Bible, history, or science.
  • Make it your goal teach your children to be independent learners.

  • If you have toddlers and/or infants, don't despair!
    • Plan to do concentrated school work during nap times.
    • Collect special toys available only during times you are teaching the older children.
    • Allow an older child to play with the little ones while you are instructing another child.
  • Make plans on how you will deal with inevitable interruptions.
    • Inform family and friends that you will be unavailable during school hours.
    • Carefully consider all outside demands for you or your child.
    • Set some ground rules for your cellphone and computer usage during times you want to devote to instruction.
    • Anticipate unexpected emergencies (the basement floods) or unforeseen maladies (the flu strikes), and use them as character-developing opportunities.

© 2020 Homeschool Iowa & Julie Naberhaus adapted from "The ABC's of Homeschooling in Iowa" by Julie Naberhaus


The habits of the child produce the character of the man.

~Charlotte Mason