Are you thinking about homeschooling? Maybe you are wondering if it’s the right thing for your family?
My husband and I first considered homeschooling long before we had our first child. I was working as a health coach at the time and I knew I wanted to be home with our future children. The story of how that philosophy developed is a detailed one. The short story is that we felt compelled to be as hands-on as possible with our children’s education.
There are obviously a number of ways ways to go about this. Many families choose public school; others choose private. And they are able to be involved in their kids’ lives. We’ve simply found it to be the best choice for our family. I can’t tell you whether YOU should homeschool or not. You need to determine what’s best for your family.
Have you said to yourself: “I am very confused about where to start.”
As a new homeschooling mama, I quickly became very overwhelmed with where to begin. Are there certain posts to read? Books? What curriculum should I choose? Should I join a co-op? I realized each person’s approach was different.
I was looking for the basics. Could I even be a homeschooling mama?
Four Things to Keep in Mind if You Are Considering Homeschooling
On the fence?
Are you unsure that homeschooling is for you? Ask yourself these four questions.
Do you have the time to make this a priority in your life? Do you work? If so, would you be able to cut back on your hours and work from home? Would you be able to quit your job and live on less? I worked from home but very little at first – 4 hours per week. We gave up a lot of “material things” and vacations so I could stay home with the kids and every bit of it was worth it.
This definitely helps but isn’t a deal breaker. There is quite a bit of organization in:
- setting up a schedule
- dividing up the curriculum into daily tasks so you will get through the full curriculum in the school year
- planning projects
- buying the curriculum
- setting up field trips
- setting up time with other kids
And this is on top of the normal running around for sports, clubs, etc. Teaching your children to be organized helps a great deal. You can split a class with another family. I know families that the children would go over a friends house for one day a week for a science lesson and then work independently on their own lessons. Then on another day of the week their children would go to the other house with all of their studies and would do the science lesson. This gave the mom’s both a day off from schooling during the week, which gave us more time to prepare lessons without interruption and have some down time as well.
#3 Household Responsibilities:
Can you live in a constantly “lived in house”? Gone are the days of leaving the house clean and it’s still clean when everyone gets back home. You will be home an awful lot. House cleaning does not stay a priority when you are homeschooling – at least not for me. And there is always the opportunity for life skills – the children helping out with the house cleaning.
#4 A Different Life:
Can you live with being different? For some people this is the hardest part. They have a tough time being different from everyone else. There were many times that I chatted with other moms and they asked where my children went to school. When I told them they are homeschooled, they didn’t get it. Some will even become quite offended or uncomfortable.
There is nothing wrong with taking a different path than everyone else. I do believe when something doesn’t work for you there is another way and I’m not just talking about schooling my children. Life is too short to follow everyone else around and not take the time to discover your own gifts and what you are meant to become.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost