There are millions of homeschoolers around the globe, but not all of them are successful. With that being said, there must be some qualities (aka habits of highly successful homeschoolers) that separate successful homeschoolers from those who aren’t.
The question raised in my mind: Why are some homeschoolers more successful?
For the past few days, I was thinking about those habits that successful homeschooling families/homeschoolers possess. After listening to many homeschool PROS, experienced people, and from different homeschool forums (along with my experience, of course) I figured out some pure nuggets that will help you to be on TOP of the list.
What I figured out
The main barriers to homeschooling are the lack of resources and socialization. And here you have to make the trick.
Effective homeschoolers often create their own resources, keep on track, and be accountable, and motivated.
Well, throughout this guide, we will be discussing these issues in detail along with handy tips to cope with them with ease.
General life principles to pursue as a homeschooler
1: Aim for Greatness – Not Perfection.
2: Be persistent – Never give up on your dreams.
3: Be patient, it takes time to reap fruitful results.
4: Belief in yourself – You can achieve anything you set your mind to.
5: Think outside the box – Don’t be afraid to be different.
6: Focus on your goals – Because clear goals are the only roadmap that leads to achievements.
7: Give 110% – Give more and don’t aspect much.
8: Integrity is everything.
9: Be flexible – Things will never go exactly as you want.
Habits of highly successful homeschoolers
Underneath are the most highlighted habits of highly successful homeschoolers that make them different from others.
1. They have a clear vision and mission
The most successful homeschooling families have a clear vision for why they’re homeschooling in the first place. They know their goals, values, and mission clearly. This helps them to stay focused on what’s important and weed out anything that doesn’t fit into their homeschooling philosophy.
2. They are organized and have a plan
Successful homeschoolers are usually very organized. They have a plan for each day, week, month, and year. This helps them to use their time wisely and not waste time on things that don’t matter.
3. They are dedicated
You have to be dedicated if you want to achieve something big. After setting the plans/goals and preparing the schedule, the third crucial step is to follow it and act upon it consistently.
Successful people understand this and are willing to put in the work. This dedication usually leads to better results in academics and social performances.
4. They are flexible
Successful homeschoolers know that things don’t always go as planned. They’re flexible and willing to change their plans when necessary. This helps them to be more successful in the long run.
5. They are self-motivated
Self-motivation is the key (especially in the case of homeschooling).
Successful homeschoolers don’t need someone to tell them what to do or when to do it. They’re able to find their own motivation and stick with it.
6. They are disciplined
“Discipline is the bridge between goal and accomplishment.”Jim Rohn
Successful homeschoolers are usually disciplined. This means that they have good study habits, follow a schedule, and stay on task. This helps them to get more out of their homeschooling experience.
7. They are social
Alone, we can do so little, together, we can do so much. ~ Helen Keller
There must be some days when you are stuck in issues, you definitely can’t survive alone in this world (it’s a natural phenomenon). Maybe you need curriculum advice, or simply just need a friend to hang out with and share thoughts and experiences together.
Socialization is a big issue with homeschoolers.
While the average homeschooler coping to get the right solution for their loneliness, here comes your turn to be an extrovert and reach out to people, build the community and get involved in the events.
Successful homeschoolers know that socialization is important. They make an effort to find friends and activities outside of the home. This helps them to interact with other people and learn new things.
8. They are self-aware
Self-awareness is important for success in any area of life.
Successful homeschoolers know their strengths and weaknesses. They’re able to identify their areas of improvement and work on them. This helps them to be successful in all aspects of their lives.
9. They are independent
Successful homeschoolers are usually independent. This means that they’re able to find resources, create their own materials, and teach themselves. This helps them to be more successful in the long run.
10. They are lifelong learners
Someone rightly said; “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
Not only homeschoolers but every effective person knows that he shouldn’t stop learning when formal education ends.
Such people are always looking for new ways to learn and grow. This helps them to be successful in all areas of their lives.
11 . Never fall into the comparison trap
Homeschoolers are often compared to their counterparts in the public school system.
This comparison is not only unfair, but it can also lead to discouragement.
Successful homeschoolers know that they’re on their own unique path. They don’t compare themselves to others and focus on their own goals. This helps them to stay motivated
Homeschooling is a compounding effect and delayed gratification process. This means it will not show results like the one enrolled in public school who score A+ grades on weekly tests. But it will benefit in a long run for sure.
The 7 Habits of Effective Homeschoolers
This year, I read an amazing book named “7 habits of highly effective people” and I can really resonate with those 7 habits. And I believe anybody in the world who want to be in the top 1% should aim for those habits, and so you as a homeschooler too.
1. Be Proactive – Proactivity separates ineffective people and high achievers. It’s all about taking charge of your life and not being controlled by external circumstances, like people around you, what they said, what they have bad thoughts about you, how they see your life, and how they judge you.
Because it’s your life and you will decide it.
2. Begin with the End in Mind – Now again goal-setting (it’s very important). This is all about setting goals and having a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Everything you do should be in line with your goals. You should know what you want and go for it.
3. Put First Things First – This is about prioritizing your work and knowing what’s important and what’s not. You should always work on the most important task first and then move to the less important ones.
4. Think Win-Win – This habit is about finding a solution in which both parties feel like they have won. It’s all about compromising and not being too selfish.
5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood – This habit is about communication. It’s all about understanding the other person before trying to make yourself understood. You should always try to see things from the other person’s perspective.
6. Synergize – Teamwork…
Ah! I know it’s painful for homeschoolers. But what Is aid! You’re not an ineffective homeschooler. So start looking around for people with similar interests, join a club or group, participate in an online forum or blog, or even start your own group. You should always try to find ways to work together because two heads are better than one.
7. Sharpen the Saw – You can’t pour from an empty cup. So take care of yourself first, then you can take care of others.
This is all about taking care of yourself, both mentally and physically. You should It’s all about working together to achieve something great that you couldn’t have done alone.
Take some time for yourself every day to do something that you enjoy, whether it’s reading, going for a walk, or listening to music. And don’t forget to exercise and eat healthily.
Effectiveness matters everywhere, and by pursuing the above-mentioned habits of highly successful homeschoolers, you can also become an effective homeschooler.
So, what are you waiting for? Start working on these habits and see the difference in your homeschooling journey.
I hope this post was helpful for you. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to share them in the comment section below.
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