Welcome to this first in a five part series of blogs specifically for the prospective homeschool parent.
Are you online tonight readingreadingreading information on homeschooling and fretting about it? Is there a possibility that you are considering homeschooling your children and would love to read some advice from seasoned homeschooling parents?
If so, STOP the presses. Relax, grab a cuppa. You have found what you are looking for.
Let me simplify things for you a bit. I have a large group of friends who homeschool. Between us we have over 100 years of experience homeschooling! In order to gather information for you, I asked them all to fill out a survey of sorts, looking for wisdom to share with prospective homeschooling parents. In the next few weeks I will share much of the wisdom of these moms...in the meantime, sit back and relax that brain and keyboarding wrist of yours and read here for awhile, because This blog post is for you!
In answer to the question,
One mother, Shannon, hopes you have some time to do your research:
Do research in chunks. If you do it all at once it can be overwhelming. Legal/regional aspects, curriculum, standards, etc. Do a little bit at a time.
In other words, don't let the prospect of homeschooling overwhelm you. There is plenty of information out there. No sense in scaring yourself!
Cathy, an unschooling mother, gives these pearls of wisdom and thought:
I advise parents thinking about homeschooling that anyone can do it as long as they like being around their kids (or can learn to like it). Even parents with dyslexia, school phobias, etc., can homeschool their kids. I also advise being open to seeing what works and dropping anything that doesn't work out. ... don't drop a lot of money on curriculum, at least not right away. You may quickly find that you don't need it. And ...don't feel that you have to "keep up" with the planned curriculum of your local school district. Believe me, most teachers don't keep up, either. And even in the classes where they do, the kids often "forget" whatever they supposedly learn--so result is the same as those classes that don't "keep up."
In other words, You Can Do It! Relax and take some time before spending any cash at all.
Marie offers these bits of wisdom:
Before you do anything, learn what they know, and how they learn.
Take the time to learn what they should know, and what your state expects them to cover in their grade.
Allow them, and you time to shake off the idea of what school should be, and develop your own path and system, that allows you the freedom to adjust as needed,
In other words, forget doing anything fancy. Just hang out with your kids for awhile and see what turns them on, what interests them, and how they like to learn things.
You don't know everything...that's ok. Time is on your side!
Angie, with her spunky "can do" attitude offers this:
My advice for a mom considering hsing: Jump in and try it! You aren't going to damage your child by taking them out of school for a semester or a year...or longer. I think people have a fear of even attempting it before knowing what it will really be like.
In other words, trust yourself! Trust your children! And trust the process.
As for myself, my advice:
What about Socialization???
Ten Facts About How We Homeschool
or this one:
Why Are Homeschooled Kids so Annoying?