Some may believe that homeschooling is this lovely world of arts and crafts and playtime with the children. While this may be true for some, it is not always the case. I started home schooling about three years ago and started during the middle of the school year. So let me first say I am by no means an expert at homeschooling. I am just another parent who wants to share what has been learned thus far in hopes that those who are just starting take comfort in the fact that they are not alone in how they may feel.
So with that said my suggestions would be to . . .
PRAY – The most important thing you can do before making your final decision is to pray. Pray faithfully until you receive the answer. When you start thinking of reasons not to or reasons you should, stop what you are doing and pray. We tend to reason our way in or out of things subconsciously and so I say pray. This will help to keep the focus on what it is GOD wants you to do.
Partnership – Both you and your spouse need to agree about homeschooling. Yeah only one may be doing most or all of the work, but the other part of the team is the support, not for the children, but for you. Those days when nothing is going as planned or your children are not listening, you will need that hug, that ear,
or maybe just a few words of comfort to help you get through those moments.
Be Open – Be open to trying many different curricula or lessons to help you decided what is best for your children. As you go about looking at different curricula, which can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time, keep in mind your child’s personality and the best way to reach them. This will help avoid spending too much and/or purchasing the wrong kind of curriculum.
Have Fun – I say this because it is the best way for me to remember that I am not a public school teacher. Once you start it does not and should not be the same set up as the public system. That would sort of defeat the purpose don’t you think? It took three years for me to realize that I can break from the lesson plan and come up with my own worksheets, teach outside with nothing but sticks and dirt and they would still be okay.
Watch – As you begin this journey you may get so consumed with getting it right the first time that you may miss out on the things you wanted to see while home schooling. So remember to take the time to enjoy your children as they learn. Watch them grow into the child God wants them to be right in front of your eyes.
I pray these few suggestions help you to feel that what you may be going through is normal and to help you become even more excited about homeschooling. Remember as you go through the process to give yourself a break once in a while. Remember why you are doing this as you watch your children grow. Things will not EVER, EVER be perfect so please, PLEASE, let go of that thought NOW! Your journey will go much smoother and be more enjoyable for the entire family!
As a mother I am quite busy but I am never too busy to do God’s will. I am a military spouse who happily homeschools three children. I have tried my hand at many other things but as I continue to keep my eyes on God I am always pointed back to this main venue. You can find me on Facebook at facebook.com/RevelationsandMusic.