When you first decide to homeschool some of your family members may not be too happy with the idea. In fact sometimes grandparents are more upset about the fact that they will not be able to see progress, or be involved. You can easily fix this situation by setting up a family homeschool blog. Lot’s of mom’s have chosen to do this, and let the world know what they are doing. However some families choose to keep their homeschool info private. You can also do this just by changing your settings a bit. Below are a few ideas and suggestions to get you started.
1. Set up a free blogger blog
If the point is just to keep friends and family in the loop of your daily homeschool projects, than you can set up a free blogger blog. The best part of using blogger is that it is free. Second You can change the settings once you sign up so that you can set the blog for private. This way the only people who will be able to see the blog will be those that you allow access. This way you will not have to worry about your child’s pictures being posted all over the web.
2. Let the kids help with setup
Since the blog is mostly going to be about the kids it can really be a lot of fun to have them help you set up the blog. Using blogger it is very easy to personalize your homeschool blog. You can add your kid’s pictures and make it part of the design, or have them give some creative ideas on how it should look. This will really be nice for family members to see.
3. Pick a day to update
It is often a good idea to pick one day of the week, that you would like to use as the day to update the homeschooling blog. This way when you send the link to the family you can let them know how many times a week it will be updated and on what day. Updating daily will probably get to be too much so it make’s sense to try to keep it to one, or two days a week.
4. Post trips in advance
If you are planning a homeschooling trip you may want to post this a few weeks in advance. The nice thing about homeschooling is that you can take as many people as you would like on your trips. Schools often limit the number of adults that can come on the trips. With homeschooling it can be as little or as much as you would like.
5. Let the family know
When you have finished setting up the blog just the way you want you can send a bulk email to family members. Most will be happy with the fact that they can stay up to date on the latest projects and even seen updates on progress. This may also help some to feel more comfortable with the overall idea of homeschooling.