Dear NEW Homeschooler

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Dear NEW Homeschooler,

So, you have decided to homeschool. Whether you have always known you would and your kids are starting preschool or if this is a new venture and your kids are older, you may feel a little trepidation about the upcoming school year.

Relax. Breathe. We’ve all been in your shoes. You’ll find, like we did, that homeschooling is a journey. It is never perfect. So, after a rocky day, when you are looking back wondering if you’ve made the right decision(s), remember this:

We All…

  • Have good days and bad days.
  • Have days where we don’t finish.
  • Have days where math takes twice as long as it should.
  • Have days where we lose our cool.
  • Have days where we are over zealous and try to do too much.
  • Have slept in too late.
  • Have been late to group lessons.
  • Have counted playing at the park as P.E.
  • Have been sick and taught school via YouTube videos and National Geographic documentaries.

And so on….

 

There Isn’t ONE Right Way

If you’ve google ‘homeschool,’ I’m sure you have found a myriad of information. There are different approaches to teaching, such as Charlotte Mason, Classical, traditional, Montessori, Eclectic, Unschooling, etc. There are co-ops, hybrid programs, online schools, homeschool groups. You may chose to buy a pre-packaged curriculum, piece it together yourself, do unit studies, or create it entirely on your own. No matter what you choose, find what works for you and your kids, and THAT is the right way for you.

There Isn’t ONE Best Curriculum

There are A LOT of different curricula out there. What is the BEST curriculum? The answer is, again, “the one that works for you.” There is curriculum favoring different methods, different material, different scope and sequences, etc. What I value may not be what you value. You will eventually find out what you want in a curriculum. Although I wouldn’t really recommend switching curricula every year, if you find the one you researched and thought would be great just isn’t working, you can change it — you don’t even have to wait till the next year. Eventually, you find works.

 

Your Homeschool Will Evolve.

I have found that each year is a little easier than the one before. I slowly am finding which curricula works best for us. We try new things. Some we like. Some we don’t. It takes some time to learn the teaching methods that work best for your kids. Each year, you will become more confident in what and how you teach.

 

Don’t Compare

Despite the plethora of reasons we all homeschool, I think that meeting our kid’s individual educational needs and goals is at the top of all our lists. By its very nature, homeschooling will look different in EVERY home. Don’t try to “keep up with the Joneses” by trying to do everything your neighbor does. Also, don’t feel that you are not giving your kids the best education you can because your homeschool looks different.

 

You CAN Do This!

As a parent (or grandparent, etc.), you are personally invested in your student’s educational future. No teacher, principal, counselor, or social worker cares more than you do. This is a driving force that motivates you to give them the best you can. You will research, read, seek and use resources, and learn, but you CAN teach.

 

I love for you to join our homeschooling community here at Dear Homeschooler. Be sure to subscribe over on the right. Read more encouraging posts from veteran homeschoolers below.

Till Next Time,

Jennifer


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