I was asked by my dear bloggy friend Farrah to write a post to all of you new homeschoolers and those pondering homeschooling. She knows this is a topic very near to my heart since I have been a homeschooling mom for the last 7 years. While thinking what to write I mulled over all the standard ideas. You know inundating you with tons of links to curriculum, or giving you a list of pros and cons of homeschooling. Chances are though if you are considering becoming a homeschooling family you have already done all that research.
What I want to share with you today is encouragement. It is true homeschooling may not be right for every family, but only you can answer the question of whether or not it is right for YOUR family. No doubt when you decide to homeschool you’re going to be surrounded by more nay sayers than encouragers. You know who I’m talking about the people who need to share with you why they think you,yourself should not teach you kids at home. The one thing I have learned over the years is the best way to react to these people is to just smile and remain silent. You know the old adage “the proof is in the pudding?” It’s true. I have had many people in my life who have come back years later to tell me they love the fact that I homeschool, where only a couple years ago they were ready to argue every point of why I shouldn’t.
Secondly, just how no two snowflakes are the same, neither are any two homeschool families. The one schedule, and curriculum that works so well for one family, may not work so well for your family. Don’t let this discourage you! Take a deep breath, step back and evaluate what your children need. They may not need a strict schedule for the day or they may need a schedule where every subject is pinpointed down to the hour and minute to keep them on track. One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is it is not school at home and you get to make your world of learning your own! Learning in a fun and relaxed atmosphere is a lot more productive than learning in one where mom is constantly stressed about what do next. If you find that a 5 day a week,6 hour a day school schedule works best, go for it. If you discover that less is more and you’re only schooling 3 hours a day 4 days a week…don’t let anything stop you from doing this. I choose to school year round with my children. I have found this way four our family works best. When we need to take breaks we do and when unexpected things come up that require us to take time off I don’t have to worry about running into our summer when we should be on break.
Lastly, enjoy your time homeschooling. I cannot encourage this enough. It is not always going to be easy or fun, but it is always going to be worth it. As a homeschooling parent you get a special sneak peek into your child’s life other parents may not get. There is a special bond formed that only deepens with time. Enjoy this time, savor it, and know that you are raising and educating the way you have chosen is best for your child and be proud of that decision. They are only little once.
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