Moving in our early twenties is as easy as just picking up and going but, as anyone with kids knows, moving a whole family’s worth of belongings is a whole lot harder to manage. And that’s before you’ve even tried to get the kids onside!
In the case of long distance moving, especially, the need to consider goodbyes, state crossings, and transportation is enough to give anyone a headache, let alone when you pile on the added pressure of homeschool disruptions. Luckily, homeschooling parents manage to make moves work around lessons every single day, and you can do the same by simply considering these crucial steps that you’re going to want to take before or immediately after even a major move.
Step 1 – Give yourself a break
Homeschooling is a major responsibility, and this can make it difficult to switch off when we feel that we ‘should’ be teaching. However, being able to make your curriculum fit around you is one of the main benefits of homeschool, and it’s something you’re going to want to take full advantage of during and immediately after any move. The fact that clutter can impact homeschooling especially means that you should aim to at least unpack and prepare your homeschooling room before you even attempt to start lessons again. Even if this means taking a week out, it’s worth doing. If the idea of this kind of break worries you, then simply turn unpacking and other moving tasks into lessons in themselves, and get back to the curriculum when it’s far more likely to stick.
Step 2 – Notify the authorities
Each state has different homeschool regulations surrounding age groups, parental qualifications, and more. To make sure that you understand and operate within those regulations as soon as possible after your move, you should register with the authorities if not in advance, then as soon as you can. Even if you’re moving a little closer to home, informing your local board of education about your change of address is fundamental for ensuring that you can quickly go back to homeschooling as normal.
Step 3 – Start building a community
Homeschooling communities are an amazing resource for support and advancement, providing advice and also ensuring group trips and sessions for your kids. As such, settling into a new home and area also means taking the time to start building an entirely new homeschool support group. Luckily, online forums make this easier than ever and could even see you connecting with other homeschoolers in advance that you then immediately meet up with to help your kids settle. Equally, local facilities like libraries and churches often hold groups where it’s possible to meet with other homeschooling families to help you all feel that bit more settled straight away.
Moving home with kids is stressful – period. Moving your homeschool can be even harder, especially if you fail to consider how to make it work. So, take these lessons with you, and make sure that you’re in the best possible position to start teaching your kids again in no time.