tips for homeschool families

For those of you who are starting today or sometime this month, prayers and hugs all around! May God bless you and your family in your academic pursuits this year. For those of you who are taking a little bit more time to plan, this is for you as well. Let’s dig in, shall we?

  1. Think! What are your goals for your family and your homeschool this year? What do you want to accomplish? Do you have the resources to reach those goals? Have you made good, sound choices in looking for resources? These are questions you may find yourself asking a million and three times throughout the year and it’s okay!

Also, think about your own personal goals and aspirations—NEVER leave those out. Whether it’s going back to school, reading more, starting a business, growing closer to the Lord…get a plan together!

  1. Learn! One of the beautiful things about this homeschool journey is learning right along with your kids. I know I can give a myriad of examples as to things my child has taught me or that I’ve learned while helping her! My mantra is P.I.R.R.P.A—Pray, Investigate, Read, Research, Plan, and Adapt. These are all things we are teaching our kids to do and we should do the same! Let’s go!

Learning something new is so rewarding. Think about the times when those light bulbs have come on in your head! Think about the times you’ve seen your children apply something they’ve learned. It’s beyond encouraging!

  1. Love! I love myself. I love homeschooling. I love my family. I love the Lord. I love the business I’m in and helping people. I love blogging. I love learning. Okay, I’ll stop. Love is a big part of your homeschool, personal, and spiritual journeys. You have to love you, those around you, and what you do. Whether you realize it or not, you are doing what you love everyday when you get up and teach your children. You are doing what you love when you cook that Vegas style buffet for your family. You are doing what you love when you sit down at the feet of our Father and read and pray. It may be tedious at times. You may be tired. You may want to outsource a thing or two, but in the end, you are doing what you do out of love, plain and simple.

I don’t know where you are in your journey right now, but I want to encourage you to keep moving forward. Yes, our days are long. Yes, our days are hard. Yes, there is more to do list than time, but we have to Think, Learn, and Love if we’re going to make it. I’m praying for and pulling for you! Reach out for help if you need it. We’re all in this together, Mama. We’ve got you. God Bless!

If these tips for homeschool families have been a blessing to you, I encourage you to reach out and let us know here!

About Tammie Polk

Tammie is a wife and mother of three girls, ages 11, 6, and 1 from Memphis, TN. She began her homeschool journey in 2008 and has worked as both a private and charter school educator as well as a substitute teacher. She is an eclectic homeschooler and enjoys tailoring curriculum to meet the needs of her children, one of whom is special needs. She maintains a blog, Atkah’s Choice ( and also writes for Learning Tangent Magazine. She is also in the process of starting her homeschool consulting and tutoring business. In her spare time, she enjoys writing books and devotionals, creating educational board games and lesson plans, serving in the choir and other ministries at the Crossroads Baptist Church, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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