I remember the day I decided to homeschool. I had one child (my oldest) in public school, a toddler, and a baby on the way. The fear of backlash from friends and people at the school kept me from pulling her instantly and instead waiting until the end of the year. I wish I hadn’t worried so much.
Homeschooling means taking full responsibility for your child’s education. It means extra hours and work for you. It also means you have a say in your child’s education and that you get to witness the light bulb moments. I won’t tell you that homeschooling is easy, or that it is for everyone. But I will tell you that it has been worth it for our family.
A few things I want you to know about homeschooling:
Homeschooling is not public school.
I want you to know that homeschooling does not have to be like public school and that your children won’t be scarred for life if they don’t get to do or experience things in public school. My children will thank me later that they didn’t have to eat school lunches or waste time on a noisy overcrowded bus.
Homeschooling is not one box.
As with any other group of people, homeschoolers are often put into boxes. I want you to know that none of us fit into the same box and that each and every homeschool looks different, even those that use the same resources will use them differently.
There are many different styles of homeschooling, from school at home to unschooling, the range is wide and varied. There are eclectic homeschoolers and Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, Classical homeschoolers and Unit Study homeschoolers too. Even within a given style, each family does it differently.
Your homeschooling can change.
My homeschool does not look the same each year. My children’s individual needs and styles change as well as my own and even our needs as a family.
For instance, I have been very rigid about using a tracking program and logging every assignment, hour and grade. A few years back when I started doing this it offered me the peace to know that I was checking off boxes and getting things done. This year I am starting to move away from some of it because it felt like a burden last year. That is ok.
Homeschooling can be hard.
You will have your ups and downs. You will find obstacles in your path that feel impossible to over come. You will also find support and new resources to pave the way to easier times. Starting out can feel overwhelming, but giving yourself the grace and space to work through the challenges will be a great life lesson to your children.