Making the Decision to Homeschool

Getting started as a homeschool parent can be a challenge. If you have made the commitment to homeschool your children congratulations you are embarking on one of the most rewarding things a parent can do. You may be questioning your decision and feeling like you are not cut out for the job and that you can not possibly handle the responsibility. I’ll share a little secret, homeschooling if forgiving. I am not saying that it is easy and I am not saying that you can really screw up. What I am saying is that there is a huge learning curve.

Your first year will be a blur and if you get through everything that you wanted to cover, props to you, that is unusual. Take your first summer off and regroup, you need the break and a chance to think and plan.

What you will probably figure out the first year is that homeschooling doesn’t really have to take all that long. If you were to do all of the same work that they do in public school you could easily be done in a couple hours per day. They simply waste so much time with crowd control and useless nonsense that they spend very little time learning.

Thus, the forgiving part. If you get behind it is not all that difficult to catch up. Here are a couple of other tips to get you started as smoothly as possible.

  • Be flexible, this is possibly the most important part of homeschooling. Learn to roll with the punches and go with the flow.
  • Have a plan, do I really need to elaborate here.
  • Have a routine. Kids thrive on routine and this makes your day that much easier.
  • Don’t teach learned helplessness, make your kids do it from day one. You may be their parent but you also have high expectations.
  • Set expectations and hold to them.
  • Be creative with your teaching. Don’t get stuck in the rut of doing worksheets all day and following curriculum. You have an amazing opportunity take advantage of it.
  • Learn to discipline without anger. Make your classroom a fun place to be, associate it with good memories. Getting angry can ruin a place and leave bad memories in your children’s head.
  • Have a classroom or workspace that your kids recognize as school. This can be a classroom or the kitchen during certain hours.
  • Get plugged into organizations of like minded people. You need a support network, find one.

You will learn more than you ever thought possible your first year as a home school parent. Be prepared to soak it up like a sponge and make next years home-school that much better.

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