3 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Homeschooling
Posted by Michelle Osborn on
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You’re ready to start homeschooling, but there are so many questions and concerns floating around in your mind. First let me just say that it is totally normal to be nervous, concerned, and a bit overwhelmed.
We are living in a day and age with a mass amount of information at our fingertips. One simple Google search about homeschooling can easily leave you feeling stressed and exhausted, especially if your questions were not quite answered.
To help alleviate your stress-induced thoughts and get you started on your journey to homeschooling with grace and ease, I’d like to share 3 things you need to know before you get started.
3 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Homeschooling
Although there is a list of things to do to make sure you are homeschooling legally, I’d like to shed light on a few things that often go untold. These deal more with the heart of homeschooling and can help ease your discomfort as you start your journey.
Your family is unique.
Always remember this - your family is unique. Don't try to be and do exactly what you see other families doing. While there’s nothing wrong with getting ideas and inspiration from what others are doing, just don’t get caught up in trying to replicate it perfectly.
As you’re searching through different homeschooling methods, styles, and resources, always keep your family in the forefront of decision-making. You can never go wrong when you aim to accommodate your unique family needs.
As your family changes, don’t hesitate to change up your homeschooling along with it. This could be switching curriculum and resources, changing the time of day your children complete lessons, or even outsourcing some of their lessons. Whatever you do, always remember that your family is unique and your homeschool should be too.
Homeschool will not look like public school.
Yes, there is a school-at-home style; however, this typically doesn’t work for over 80% of homeschooling families. The public school standards and demands are two primary reasons why families choose to homeschool in the first place.
If at all possible, take time to deschool yourself to help weed out any thoughts and perceptions about education and learning that were embedded by your own public school experience. Rid your mind of thinking homeschooling has to look a certain way in order for it to be successful.
There is also a deschooling method for children who are transitioning to homeschooling from public or private schooling. Use a set amount of time to adjust, discuss, and establish what home education will look like for you and your family.
Try not to focus on establishing set schedules, purchasing curriculum, or filling your days with learning. Instead, set goals and take baby steps toward starting your new journey.
Hard days will come, expect it.
Contrary to popular belief, homeschooling isn’t easy. There are days when things seem to run more smoothly than others, but if you ask any veteran homeschooler, they’ll tell you to expect hard days.
You will be your child’s dominant influence and number one teacher. Sometimes you’ll have experiences that cause you to question if homeschooling is actually a good idea. And that’s completely normal.
If you’re homeschooling multiple children, their unique personalities and learning styles may seem hard to understand and/or accommodate, but you can do it. There are a number of resources available from local homeschool groups to virtual groups, CO-OPs to online classes, and more.
Overall, if you’re reading this, then homeschooling your children is most likely just a choice away. May I encouraged to know that it can be done… and YOU can do it!
Bonus. The fourth thing you need to know.
You have permission to change curriculum mid-year! Although you don't need my permission to do so, you may not realize that it's okay. Don't get yourself locked into one curriculum. If it doesn't fit, your children are not learning or you don't like the way it is laid out, don't use it. Move on to something else! Believe me, it may cost a little more at first but spending a year of school on something that doesn't work or your children groan when you pull out those books, it is worth it. Rent it first, borrow it, buy used. But do it!
Would you like to try a new curriculum without the cost and commitment? This is one great reason to rent. How often do you wish you could try a curriculum without having to pay for the whole set, and then decide you don’t like it? You can try out our curriculum here at Yellow House Book Rental by renting it. If you decide it is a good fit for you and your children, you have two choices. you can return the rented material after the year's use, or, you may choose to purchase it. (The purchase price will be the cost of the book, minus the rental fee that you have already paid. You win either way!!
Chances are that if you have chosen to start homeschooling this year, your child is coming from public school to homeschool. Here are a few posts from my blogging friends that I know will help and encourage you!
Why We Took 2 Years Off From Formal Academics (special needs)
Deschooling – What’s That? (an excellent idea as you begin homeschooling)
Are you Serious? Five tips to help you decide
10 Things You Might Experience in the Transition from School to Homeschool
6 Things No One Tells You About Homeschooling
And always remember, you are the teacher. You know your children best. Do what works for your family. Enjoy learning!
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Enjoying the journey,
Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife of 32years, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and five adorable grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams
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