Homeschooling Advice ….and wisdom too!
You’ve decided to homeschool – CONGRATS! You’re about to embark on a wonderful family adventure. Because we want you to succeed, we’d like to give you a little behind the scenes homeschooling advice from some veteran homeschoolers.
You can check out this video, and read more below!
1. TRUST YOURSELF – YOU’VE GOT THIS
Don’t doubt yourself. Homeschooling is not as difficult as some people might have you believe.
The first year is the experiment year. You and your child will learn what works and what doesn’t, and you’ll both be better for it.
Trust the process. The best way to learn how to homeschool, is to homeschool.
Make a list of all the reasons you’re homeschooling. On a tough day (and there will be tough days), refer back to your list. Then continue on…because as mentioned previously, you’ve got this!
2. LET YOUR KIDS LEARN AT THEIR OWN PACE AND IN THEIR OWN WAY
You’re in charge of your own schedule. Plan it how you want/need. Add in extra/flex days.
Listen to your children and go at their pace. Don’t compare your children to any other children (it’s a hard habit to break, because the public school system does it constantly, and that’s probably the system you grew up in).
You don’t have to teach by the book, and your kids don’t always have to do paperwork lessons – learning goes beyond books and pencils.
Pushing too much will make your children dislike learning, and they will learn less rather than more.
Your children don’t have to learn everything (and let’s face it, they won’t learn everything!).
3. THERE IS NO ONE RIGHT WAY TO HOMESCHOOL
There is no one “right” way to homeschool, and how you homeschool will change over time (as you recognize how your children learn best, as your kids mature, etc).
Even though there is no “right” way to homeschool, try not to do “school at home.” Instead, teach your kids how to learn (rather than how to memorize).
Try lots of different things, and don’t feel pressure to commit to any particular curriculum or style.
You don’t have to do 4.5 hours of work a day, and you don’t have to complete every subject every day.
Enjoy the experience.
You will learn so much alongside your children!
Your family will grow closer together.
The days are long but the years are short. Before you know it, it will be over, and you’ll be wishing you could start all over again!