Lately I have been hearing a lot of interest in homeschooling due to the the Obama administration and their public school bathroom changes.
I don't blame these parents who want to protect their children, and I think that homeschooling is a great way to go, especially since we have been at it for nearly two decades!
But I know there are so many questions that come with homeschooling and one of them is how on earth do I get started (which I address here) and how can I possibly teach my younger children?
I believe that it is important to teach our children and give them a good education, AND I also believe there is much more behind the scenes that goes one that moms need to hear.
So today I am sharing a bit of advice from a homeschooling mom from behind the scenes. I hope this helps someone today!
Here we go:
1. Pray - ask God to give you wisdom on your unique child. Your homeschool will not look like or be the same as other homeschooling families. What will work for you might be totally different so be sure to ask Him for direction. Don't be tempted to over compare.
2. Research Your Options - there is so much helpful information out there right now, there is no reason why you can't get the best advice and homeschool tips right at your finger tips. There are so many different styles from relaxed to Charlotte Mason that you can choose any method or make up a mix of your own style. Don't be afraid to try something new!
3. Be Flexible - Just because you think something should be done a certain way, be sure to always add flexibility. That was one of the hardest things for me as a beginning homeschool mom! Once I learned how to be more flexible in every situation it greatly benefited me, my attitude, our school and my children. Nothing is written in stone, ya'll, we CAN change things! You can start school later, end early, wear what you want, teach what you want and exactly how it is taught.
4. Keep it Simple - sometimes I think if we feel that if it doesn't include blood, sweat, and tears that we think we are going anywhere. Sometimes the opposite is true for homeschooling. It is okay to keep homeschooling simple and not go crazy. Why reinvent the wheel when something simple is working just fine? Don't change things up and make them more complicated if you don't need to!
5. Don't Over Do It - When they are young you don't want to over do the book work but also want o be mindful to let them play outdoors, get fresh air and sunshine, enjoy many hours of free time and so forth. Contrary to our culture of busy, we need to actually slow down and give the gift of childhood back to our children.
6. Cultivate a love for learning - Don't be a drill master and make them do every workbook page and every single problem. That will quickly lead to burn out for both you and child. Actually help them cultivate a love for learning and realize that once they understand a concept they can move on.
7. Love them and cherish your time together - Homeschooling is not just about education, it is about discipling them, loving them and yes, even cherishing your time together. What a wonderful opportunity you have with homeschooling, don't squander it and miss all the blessings!
8. Make it Fun - there is a time for work and a time for play. If your children are having a hard time understanding math why not whip out the manipulatives? Use legos, beans, stuffed animals to explain concepts and not just a plain old boring textbook. Do school outdoors or pop in a fun educational video instead.
9. Give Yourself Grace - Know that you won't be perfect and be okay with that. You will make mistakes and there might be gaps (we had holes in our public school eduation too, don't forget), but be assured that if you give them the tools and a love for learning that you are giving them everything they need to learn for a lifetime!
Would you add anything else?
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